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Old 04-29-2016, 10:42 AM   #21
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Even in a cold climate, the breakeven/payback on triple glazed high tech vs basic double glazed is pretty long at anything like today's energy costs. If you do a search, you'll find lots of (disinterested) third party articles re: triple glazing payback. Good luck.
I bought my triple pane for the increased comfort and noise level reduction...return on investment was not a factor. I was willing to pay for those benefits, but someone else may not be quite as willing.
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Most buyers won't care, and therefore won't pay a premium for triple glazed windows over double. Unless the realtor points it out, most buyers probably won't even notice.

Even in a cold climate, the breakeven/payback on triple glazed high tech vs basic double glazed is pretty long at anything like today's energy costs. If you do a search, you'll find lots of (disinterested) third party articles re: triple glazing payback. Good luck.
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I bought my triple pane for the increased comfort and noise level reduction...return on investment was not a factor. I was willing to pay for those benefits, but someone else may not be quite as willing.
I agree. But IME most buyers don't, just trying to answer the OP's question.
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I agree. But IME most buyers don't, just trying to answer the OP's question.
Oops...I missed the part where they said they are moving in 5-10 years. In that case, I agree that they are not a worthwhile investment.
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If you don't have spray foam walls or 6" walls filled with fiberglass bats and R38 in the attic, triple pane seems like putting a silver saddle on a mule.
Since OP seems to have their question answered, hopefully a little drift is OK...

I'm sure you are right, but does anyone have a good easy-to-read source on this? Windows make up only a fraction of surface area of a home, and while they obviously don't insulate as well as a typical wall/ceiling, does the difference in good/better/best windows really have much overall effect?

Seems like a fairly simple formula summing the conductance, taking into account the conductance values and area of each, then again with a delta for the windows. But I don't think I've ever seen this spelled out.

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Since OP seems to have their question answered, hopefully a little drift is OK...

I'm sure you are right, but does anyone have a good easy-to-read source on this? Windows make up only a fraction of surface area of a home, and while they obviously don't insulate as well as a typical wall/ceiling, does the difference in good/better/best windows really have much overall effect?

Seems like a fairly simple formula summing the conductance, taking into account the conductance values and area of each, then again with a delta for the windows. But I don't think I've ever seen this spelled out.

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I don't think this contains a formula, but it does show loss contributions around the house. Just seems to me that triple pane windows will have diminishing returns if other key areas are not up to snuff:
Energy Loss in Homes and the Benefits of Insulation [infographic] - Green Home Gnome
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