Warm Edge spacer bars insulate the edges of a sealed unit and keep the panes of glass apart. Traditionally spacer bars were aluminium, which is highly conductive to heat allowing it to pass through the window.
When it’s cold outside and warm inside, heat escapes through the spacer leaving the inside edge of the window colder than the rest of it. This heat loss means more heating is needed to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Under certain conditions, especially in colder temperatures, the moisture we breathe and produce from cooking and everyday living condenses on the coldest surface, usually along the edges on the inside of the window. Over time persistent condensation becomes a breeding ground for mould and bacteria. Mould spores get into the air we breathe and can aggravate breathing conditions and other health problems.
Warm Edge spacer bars like SWISSPACER are made of an insulating plastic composite material that becomes a barrier to heat loss. Warm edge spacers reduce the amount of heat lost through the sealed unit. They keep the edge of the sealed unit warm, hence the name ‘warm edge’. As a result less heat is lost through the windows and heating bills are lower.
Benefits of SWISSPACER
SWISSPACER’s thermally-optimised range of spacer bars are made of an insulating plastic composite material. SWISSPACER reduces the amount of heat lost through sealed units so you get:
- Lower heating bills
- A more comfortable temperature in the home
- A reduction in the risk of condensation forming at the edge of the sealed unit
- Long lasting performance
Long lasting performance
A warm edge spacer bar helps improve a window’s energy efficiency but it has other important functions. It keeps the panes of glass apart and with sealants and desiccants, should be a gas tight barrier to prevent moisture vapour getting in and insulating gas leaking out of the sealed unit. If the spacer bar doesn’t stop moisture vapour transmission and gas leakage, the sealed unit will become energy inefficient and eventually fail completely.
Of course, the lifetime performance of a sealed unit depends on the volume and quantity of sealants and desiccants, as well as how well-made it is. But SWISSPACER’s Gas Tight Barrier foils stop 100% of gas leaking out and moisture getting into the sealed unit through the spacer bar to give long lasting performance and help save energy year after year.