Health Smart Replacement Windows

Health Smart Windows®
Keep condensation off the glass – with Super Spacer®

In order to keep window condensation moisture off the glass, your windows need to have the warmest inside surface temperatures possible.


The world’s warmest edge occurs with Super Spacer, an insulating foam spacer whose use assures comfortable household humidity levels with the least likelihood of mold and other problems.


Super Spacer blocks the heat escape path and provides one of the best thermal performances in the industry. But most importantly, Super Spacer eliminates concerns about harmful mold and protects your family – your most precious possessions.

  • Learn more about the advantages of Super Spacer.

  • What is Warm-Edge Technology?

  • Windows that last a lifetime.

  • Only the strong survive the P-1 test.

  • Energy savings – Control your environment—control your costs.

Super Spacer®

With its advanced all-silicone foam formula and a unique dual-seal design, Super Spacer leaves all other window spacers out in the cold and delivers on the promise of warm edge technology.

Windows edged with Super Spacer satisfy the toughest warm edge demands by:

  • Clearly resisting window condensation.

  • Reducing energy costs.

  • Providing long-life durability.

  • Maintaining their attractive appearance.

  • Reducing outside noise distractions.

  • Adding both comfort and value to your home.

If you’re looking for premium performance in your home’s replacement windows, make sure they are Super Spacer sealed.

What is Warm Edge Technology?

Today more than ever, homeowners are replacing their old worn out windows with energy efficient replacement windows. Poorly insulated windows can attribute to 25 percent of a building’s heating and cooling loads.

As a homeowner, it is just as important to know what type of window spacer material is being used on the insulating glass unit as it is to know what type of glass package (or glazing) is going into the window. The type of spacer material in your windows can make or break your investment!

In order to overcome the thermal inefficiency of conventional aluminum window spacers, a new type of spacer product called warm-edge technology has evolved in the window industry. Warm-edge refers to the type of spacer material used to separate the panes of glass (or glazing) in an insulated window unit. If the material conducts less heat or cold than a conventional aluminum spacer at the edge of the glass, it is said to be ‘warm-edge.’

Most of these newer window spacers are less conductive and outperform pure aluminum. But there’s still one small problem — they all contain some kind of metal. And metal is highly conductive.

Windows that Last a Lifetime

Super Spacer® is made with Thermoset Spacer (TSS®) technology. This technology ensures that the spacer will expand and contract, but it will always maintain its structural integrity by returning to its original shape.

This is very important because windows are constantly exposed to temperature changes, UV ray bombardment, barometric pressure changes and wind load. Other rigid spacers containing metal do not allow for the natural expansion and contraction that must occur in the insulated glass unit to offset the effects of these pressures on the glass. The results are stress cracks that eventually lead to seal failure.

Super Spacer is a dual-seal system that uses a high-performance acrylic adhesive for its structural seal. Backed with a moisture vapor seal, Super Spacer insulating glass lasts five times longer in durability tests than single seal units.

The results are obvious. Super Spacer structural foam combines with this acrylic adhesive strength to form the most reliable primary seal in an insulating glass unit on the market.


The Durability Test

Only the strong survive the P-1 test. Super Spacer® withstands 140°F/60°C temperatures, 95 – 100% humidity levels and constant UV bombardment in what many engineers consider the world’s toughest accelerated aging and durability test.

One week spent in a P-1 chamber is considered by industry experts to be approximately equivalent to one year in the field.  All Super Spacer products pass at least 60 weeks in the P-1 chamber, with our premium products passing up to 125 weeks of testing.

Why is this so important?

Super Spacer’s durability means that your windows will remain thermally-efficient and condensation-free for many years to come.

Condensation occurs first around the window’s edge – where the glass insulates least effectively and where surface temperatures are the coldest. If a standard “cold edge” spacer exists and outside temperatures fall to 0°F/-17.78°C, condensation will form on the glass edge even in homes with as little as 15% relative humidity.

The solution to condensation formation on glass is to increase the thermal efficiency of the edge of the glass: the window’s weak link. Substitute Super Spacer a superior warm edge spacer and the inside humidity can go as high as 50% before condensation forms on the glass. The problem is virtually eliminated.

Control your environment – control your costs

When it comes to choosing high performance energy efficient windows, thermal resistance in the spacer system plays an extremely important role in energy savings. And Super Spacer®’s thermal resistance is unmatched in the industry. But to understand how windows affect heating and cooling costs, you need to know a little about how energy flows through them. The primary ways heat is transferred through windows are:

  • Sunlight (solar radiation):
    An important source of heat that consists of visible light and a part of the solar spectrum that is heat, but not visible light (or infrared heat radiation). Solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) is the measure of the amount of energy that passes through the window. The higher the SHGC, the greater percentage of solar energy that is transmitted to the inside.

  • Radiant Heat:
    Given off by warmer objects to colder objects. Things warmed by sunlight become stronger sources of radiant heat, and radiant heat is blocked by most window glazings. Sunlight passes through glazings, warming objects indoors, but the heat from those objects does not quickly escape back through the glazings. A good example of the radiant heat dynamic is a greenhouse.

  • Conduction:
    When heat is transferred through physical contact. Heat conducts from the warmer to the cooler side of the window. Conduction occurs not only through solid materials (spacers, glass, and even window frames), but also through the air space between the layers of glass. The amount of heat transmitted through a material due to a temperature difference is given by its U-value. The smaller the U-value the less heat that is transmitted. Special gases, such as Argon, injected between the layers of glass conduct heat less readily and therefore, result in lowering U-values.

  • Convection:
    Refers to the transfer of heat as molecules of air are physically moved from one place to another. A warm glass surface heats the air next to it, causing the air to rise. A cold glass surface is warmed by the air next to it, and that air mass will fall as it gives up heat. These convection currents occur on the inside of a window, on the outside, and between layers of glass.

  • Infiltration:
    The process that carries heat through cracks and gaps around the window frames. Infiltration can carry cold air into a house and carry warm air out. It is driven by wind and other differences in air pressure, such as warm air rising inside a house.

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