Low E Glass And What It Means For Your House
Often in the construction and home improvement industry, terms and lingo are used that the average person would never use or know what they are. So many products are supposed to be good and bad for the house and home and health, but what is what and how do you know? Today we will start with one that you should familiarize yourself with and understand fully; Low E glass.
What is Low E glass? Low emissivity or Low E glass is a coating of microscopically thin metal layers deposited on a window or doorglass surface to keep the heat on the same side of the glass from which it originated.
The metallic coating blocks heat flow, helping to reduce air conditioning costs in the summer and reduce heat loss during the winter. In the summer, the UV rays from the sun, especially in Florida, are severe and can cause your home to constantly work to hard to stay cool. If that direct heat is able to easily penetrate your doors and windows, your air conditioning is going be on overdrive to keep up, pushing your cost to keep your home at a comfortable temperature sky high.
In the winter, the Low E glass helps to keep the radiant heat in, reducing as much as 71% of the heat loss through the doors and windows. Low E glass also reduces drafts and cool spots in the winter and helps the temperature stay at a consistent and comfortable level throughout the home, also minimizing convection currents.
Low E Doorglass also reduces condensation. Cold glass and warm, moist indoor air can cause damaging condensation but because low E glass keeps glass warmer, the condensation is reduced significantly if not eliminated completely.
“We had four large sets of sliding glass doors that were not very energy efficient and used to let all of the heat in,” said Mrs Davis of Jacksonville, Fl. “We had the sliding glass doors replaced with fiberglass French doors with Low E Doorglass and it has made all the difference in the world. You can stand by the new doors that Heckard’s Door installed and you can’t tell if it is 90 degrees or 30 degrees outside. We are very pleased”
You may ask, “Does Low E glass look different than other glass in windows and doors?” The answer is, “just a little.” Overall, the appearance of the windows and doors that have Low E glass are the same but the metallic coating in the low E glass creates a bit of a tint compared to glass that is not Low E. The difference is about the same as is you had the windows in your car tented or not.
The good thing for you as a homeowner is that you can make your home “Green” and energy efficient without compromising beauty or natural light. Doorglass companies such as ODL offer a wide variety of options from clear glass to glass with grills to doors with internal miniblinds between glass. The doorglass with the blinds between the glass come inLow E and help to deter the heat and sun rays even more with the blinds with the triple-glazed design reducing heat transmission by up to 28%
Replacing doors and windows in your home with energy star rated, Low E glass is a smart upgrade for the energy savings, but it will also help to keep your home looking newer, longer, on the inside by helping to prevent fabrics such as carpet and furniture from fading. A sofa that is kept under a normal window will start to fade after time, but a window or doorglass with Low E glass will help to prevent the fabric from absorbing the harmful rays.
When you factor the energy cost savings, the ability to keep your home a consistent temperature year round and the benefit of having your furniture and flooring kept in top condition, upgrading doors and windows to glass with low E is a smart choice every time.