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What are the Benefits of Low-E Windows?

Low-E windows are a development in energy efficient window technology which has significantly improved the ability of windows to regulate the temperature inside a home, among other things. As the demand for energy efficiency continues to inform new home construction and remodeling, more consumers are recognizing and realizing the benefits of low-e windows in their homes.

The Benefits of Low-E Windows

First, a little background. Low-e stands for low-emissive. From Lowes: “Low-emissive (Low-E) glass is window glass that has been treated with an invisible metal or metallic oxide coating, creating a surface that reflects heat, while allowing light to pass through. Windows treated with Low-E coatings are proven to reduce energy consumption, decrease fading of fabrics, such as window treatments, and increase overall comfort in your home.”

Basically, the coating in low-e windows reduce the amount of ultraviolet light that enters your home. This light does two things that you don’t want it to do. First, it brings a lot of heat in your home. In the summer, when you’re trying to cool your home with air conditioning, UV light brings in heat and makes it that much harder for your house to cool. By coating the exterior of the window (the part facing outside) with metallic oxide, this UV light is reflected away from your home. Thus your a/c doesn’t have to use as much energy to cool your home, and you save money.

The other thing UV light does is fade things. You can see this on old roads that haven’t been paved in awhile, as the asphalt will be faded from lengthy exposure to UV rays. These rays also fade things in your home such as the fabric on furniture, and window treatments. By using low-e windows, you keep these fabrics just as fresh and colorful as the day you got them.

Depending on where you live, there are different treatments for low-e windows that will maximize their efficiency for your situation. For example, if you live in a climate that sees a lot of cold weather, the coating will be on the inside of the window, not the outside. This prevents radiant heat in your home from escaping through the window, which keeps your home warmer and wastes less energy.

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Sources

http://www.lowes.com/cd_Guide+to+LowE+Glass_1277235128_

http://www.jeld-wen.com/catalog/windows/about-windows/240-clearing-up-low-e-confusion

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