If you’re a product of the last 20 years, or even existed during these two most recent decades, then you most certainly have heard of greenhouse gases and the greenhouse warming that can occur when the concentration of certain gases (greenhouse gases) gets too high. The results can mean a major change in the way the atmosphere is able to conduct and/or disperse heat. Without getting too technical about it all (after all, we aren’t running a science blog here, we’re just trying to keep all you window loving people in the know) we can still get a pretty good grasp on what greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect have to do with window manufacturing. If you really want to know, and I meant really want to know, we could dig so deep we would come out on the other side of the world, but we don’t have the time to get into all of that today.
The reason we’re talking about greenhouse gases is because our glossary term for today is greenhouse window. This term refers to a three dimensional variety of window that projects out past the outside wall of a house or other structure and has glass, or glazing as an industry buff would say, on all sides except for the bottom. The bottom of the window often serves as a shelf or platform upon which plants are grown. So, why did we run off on a tangent about greenhouse gas? We’ll, the concept of greenhouse gases serves to help illustrate the inner workings of several key concepts that we cover. Most obviously, greenhouse gases help demonstrate what happens when gases other than air occupy a fixed area (think double paned windows with inert gases filling the vacuum). Temperature and the conduction of heat can change dramatically when the gases change.