Swapping out your old, single-pane windows for energy-efficient, double-pane windows can save the average homeowner up to $538 each year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Modern replacement windows offer an extra layer or two of protection between the outdoor weather and your living spaces. However, not all replacement windows are created alike. You can realize even more benefits by opting for replacement windows with low-e glass.
What is low-e glass?
Low-e (which stands for low emissivity) is a type of glass that is coated with metal oxides. This coating is invisible to the eye, but helps to reduce the amount of UV rays that pass through the pane while still giving you the bright, sunny look that comes with having lots of windows. Look for a "U-value" when shopping for windows with low-e glass. This number measures the amount of heat loss the glass permits. The lower the number, the more energy-efficient the glass.
Advantages of using low-e glass
1. Less heat transfer. By reducing the UV rays that enter your home, low-c glass allows less heat to be transferred from the outside of your home to the inside, requiring less energy to cool your home in the summertime. This type of glass also helps keep your warm air inside during the winter months, by reflecting certain types of infrared (non-UV) light back into the rooms.
2. Less fading to your furniture and other belongings. Repeated exposure to UV rays will fade everything from your upholstery to your area rugs to the spines of your books. By dramatically reducing the amount of UV rays that enter your rooms, low-e glass will help prevent this type of sun damage.
3. Lower utility bills. By decreasing the amount of heat transfer, low-e glass will also help to reduce your utility bills and help to extend the life of your heating and cooling systems, since these systems won't have to work so hard to heat and cool your living spaces.
4. Won't scratch off. Unlike some other coatings that can be damaged by objects scraping up against the glass, low-e coating is applied to the inside of the windows (the part of the double-pane windows that is sealed within the window unit.)
While e-glass isn't the right choice for every homeowner, investing in this type of glass for your replacement windows can help reduce heat transfer, prevent your furniture and other possessions from fading, and even help keep your utility bills in check.
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