If you’re in the market for new windows, you’ve likely seen the term “Low-E” in your search. Low-E windows are made with a special reflective coating of metallic oxide. This invisible coating is known for its energy-efficiency and is very effective in regulating the temperature inside of a house. There are many benefits of installing Low-E windows in your home. Low-E windows:
- Reduce heating and cooling costs. Low-E windows are very insulating; they prevent the hot air from entering your house in the summer and keep the warm air inside of the house in the winter. This means your heating and cooling units don’t have to work as hard to maintain your desired temperature, which saves you money on your monthly energy bills.
- Prevent UV damage. Over time UV rays can fade furniture, curtains, artwork, and flooring. The metallic oxide coatings used on Low-E windows block 95-99 percent of UV rays from entering your home.
- Maintain natural light. Unlike window films or tints that alter the appearance of windows, the coating used on Low-E windows is invisible. As such, natural light can flow into your home and your view to the outside remains unchanged.
- Reduce glare. Low-E coatings reflect the sun’s UV rays away from the window which cuts down on the amount of glare in your home. You’ll have a much easier time watching TV and reading with Low-E windows.
- Lessen condensation build-up. Condensation forms on windows when warm air comes in contact with cool glass. Low-E windows, however, keep the temperature of the glass closer to the outside temperature. As a result, condensation—which can lead to mold, mildew or rotting wood—is less likely to occur in Low-E windows.
There are several types of coatings used for Low-E glass. Hard coatings, which can withstand any weather, are applied on the outside of the glass. Soft coatings, known for their superb clarity, are applied in between glass panes. Argon gas can also be inserted in between the glass of a Low-E window for an additional layer of insulation.
For help in selecting the right Low-E windows for your home, contact True View today for a free consultation.