Low-e or low-emissivity windows
are windows where the glass has been treated with a special metallic coating that allows them to be more insulating (less emissive of radiant heat), therefore, much more energy-efficient, reducing the amount of mechanical heating and cooling that you need to do in your house. In order to improve the thermal efficiency of the window, a thin layer of coating is applied to the glass' surface
, resulting in glass that cuts back the amount of UV and infrared radiation that is able to shine into your home in the hot summer months, and also allowing less radiant heat to escape through your windows during the winter months. Many low-e windows
are Energy Star qualified and can lower your monthly electricity bill up to 15%. Almost every window size and shape today comes in a low-e version and these products can also make your home more comfortable in the winter by keep drafts at bay and keep your furniture from fading due to sunlight since they reflect the long-wave light rays that carry UV.
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