Improved energy efficiency is always a valued asset in any home … whether you are looking to tighten up your windows or your entryway. When you are adding a layer of protection, the question of low-e glass always comes up—what is it? How does it work? Is it worth it?
We’re going to cover it all for you.
What is Low-E Glass?
Low-E glass stands for low emissivity. Low-E glass is clear glass that has been treated with an invisible metallic oxide coating. The coating is invisible to the naked eye. While the coating is thin, it creates a surface that reflects heat and blocks UV light, while allowing light to pass through.
What does it do? How does Low-E glass work?
Low-E glass makes your home more comfortable in every season—but how? The coating on the glass acts as an insulator in the winter. It essentially traps the warmth in a building. In the summer time, that coating is also key to keeping your home cool. The low-e glass helps block radiant heat and ultraviolet rays.
What does this all mean? It means lower energy bills each month. Low-E glass reflects heat out in the summer and keeps the warmth inside a building in the winter, leaving your home feeling more comfortable while saving energy.
In addition to energy savings, low-e glass protects from fading. Think about all the sunlight that comes into your entry way. Having low-e glass on your storm door and storm windows helps reduce fading on hardwood floors, and curtains.
Is it worth it?
Absolutely! Low-e glass options are definitely worth the investment. For just a few more dollars than standard glass, you get the energy savings and protection from low-e glass. And that little extra cost can pay for itself with the money you’ll save on utility bills!