If you’ve shopped around for replacement windows long enough, you’ve probably started hearing about low-emissivity (Low-E) glass. This type of glass is coated with super-thin layers of metallic oxide, which are practically invisible to the naked eye. Today, Stittsville Windows and Doors talks about the benefits of using Low-E glass for your wood or vinyl window replacement project.
The main edge of Low-E glass over regular glass is thermal insulation. The former reflects heat back inside the room effectively, whereas the latter allows about a quarter of energy to get out of the house.
The energy-efficient windows with the lowest U-factor ratings often feature a great number of Low-E coatings. If you have them in your home, expect to save a lot of energy whenever you run your heating or cooling equipment.
Solar Heat Reflectance
Stittsville Windows and Doors thinks of Low-E glass as a two-sided mirror; it also reflects the sun’s heat-causing infrared light outside. This ability makes a window more resistant to unwanted heat gain. The sun won’t be able to affect the room’s indoor climate as much because of the windows.
Ultraviolet (UV) Light Protection
In addition to the infrared light, UV rays also can’t easily penetrate through Low-E glass. Most of them will bounce back, protecting your valuables from discoloration.
Any savvy window installation company would choose products designed with Low-E technology to combat condensation and prevent water damage. Since Low-E coatings reduce the transfer of heat, the glass then remains warm enough to prevent moisture from becoming liquid. In the winter when you use your heating system a lot, your windows will hardly sweat with Low-E glass.
At Stittsville Windows and Doors, advanced Low-E glass is only one of the many desirable features of our products. Let’s talk about your home improvement needs. Call us at (613) 271-5434, or fill out our contact form to arrange a free consultation. We serve clients in Stittsville, ON.