When you go shopping for new windows, you’ll hear a lot about the different types of window glass available. While single pane windows used to be the standard, in recent years, the energy saving benefits of insulated dual pane windows gained in popularity and eventually took over and became the standard glass used in home windows. Few homes on Long Island, NY are built with single pane windows today.
Now, low-e glass is a term that has been gaining in popularity in the window industry. But what is Low-e glass and how can it benefit you?
Low-E stands for “low emissivity”. Low emissivity glass only allows certain types of light to pass through the glass, while reflecting other types of light back. Low-E window glass is insulated window glass that has a coating applied to it to minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through the glass.
Generally, Low-E glass allows visible light to pass through the glass, while reflecting heat back either out in the summer, or back into the home in the winter. By doing this, low-e glass keeps your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
There are many different types of Low-E glass depending upon the formulations of the coatings applied to the glass. Essentially, different coating recipes enable window glass manufacturers to tailor the coating to the environment where the window will be installed and thereby maximize its performance.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island windows and patio doors are made from high performance low-E4 glass to help keep your home energy efficient. In fact, Renewal by Andersen produces different types of low-E4 glass to meet the needs of customers around the country. Below are some of the options that you’ll have to choose from when you’re choosing windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.
High performance low-E4 glass is ideal in areas that get no shade throughout the day. This subtly tinted glass type can improve your home’s energy efficiency in the summer by filtering out heat from the sun. This type of glass is most ideal in hot, dry climates with little cloud cover.
SmartSun glass with Heat Lock technology is designed for both warm and cold weather performance, and can keep your home comfortable in brutal summers and frigid winters. SmartSun glass blocks 95% of UV rays that cause damage to your home’s interior. SmartSun glass is designed to be used in a variety of climate types, and is highly beneficial in places where the summers are very hot and winters are very cold. SmartSun glass gives homeowners all the protection of the standard high performance Low-E4 glass, plus an additional coating that helps keep homes comfortable in winter.
This is one of Renewal by Andersen’s most energy efficient glass options. High Performance Low-E4 Sun glass meets the highest standards in cool weather performance, yet is exceptional in hot climates where air conditioning systems struggle to keep up with the sun streaming in. Without negatively impacting the view, SmartSun glass blocks 95% of harsh UV rays that not only heat up the room but can damage drapes, artwork and furniture.
Renewal by Andersen windows are highly energy efficient for a variety of reasons, not just because of their window glass. Renewal by Andersen window frames are made from Fibrex, an exclusive, composite material with energy efficiency that’s comparable to the efficiency of natural wood.
All Renewal by Andersen windows are installed by highly trained experts who know how to ensure that the windows are installed correctly, which means that you’ll have fewer problems like air leaks over time. To learn more about how Renewal by Andersen windows can improve your home’s energy efficiency, contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island at (866) 609-5033 or fill in the short form on this page.