Living in New England, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to stay warm. Our winters can be very long, and very cold. But once the summer heat arrives, it can make our homes very uncomfortable.
The good news is that the replacement windows you install to keep your home and family warm and cozy all winter can also help to keep you cooler and drier when the heat and humidity arrive.
The “secret” is a microscopically thin silver metal coating that is applied to the exterior surface of the window glass during the manufacturing process. It is called Low-E (low emissivity) glass, and it involves remarkable technology.
Quick science lesson: sunlight consists of a spectrum of light that includes visible light, ultraviolet light, and infrared light. Visible light let’s you read the morning newspaper without turning on a lamp. Ultraviolet light can’t be seen, but will fade your drapes and furniture over time. Infrared light is the heat energy you feel from the sun.
When applied to a pane of glass, the microscopically thin, transparent low-e coating reflects the infrared and ultraviolet light spectrums, but allows visible light to penetrate. Much of the heat from the blazing sun high in the summer sky never finds its way through the glass, and your home’s interior stays cooler. That means your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard or as often too keep you cool, and you’ll spend less money on your electricity bill.
The reverse occurs in winter. Warm air from inside your home is reflected back by the low-e coating, which prevents it from escaping to the outside. It is almost like the silver lining in a thermos bottle that is able to keep hot drinks warm and cold drinks cool!
The Bristol Windows installed by Rescom are available with low-e coating, and the small extra cost is well worth the investment. You will be able to enjoy interior temperatures that are much easier to regulate in any weather.
To find out more about low-e glass, call Rescom Exteriors at (866) 410-5884 today to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate.