More and more homeowners are beginning to utilize low e-glass windows to make their homes feel more comfortable and look more modern. This is due in large part to the aesthetic and energy-saving benefits that installing low e-glass windows provide. This review discusses how you can save money and improve the look and feel of your home by installing low e-glass windows.
Reasons You Should Install Low E-Glass Windows
There are many benefits that low E-glass windows offer that traditional insulated windows do not provide. These benefits include reduced energy loss, increased monthly savings on energy costs, a transparent window appearance, exceptional durability and protection from harmful UV rays.
While discussing the benefits with a Low-E glass window installation contractor is the best way to determine if they are right for you, this review should give you insight into why they might work well for you.
Reduce Energy Loss In Your Home By As Much As 50 Percent
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), Low-E glass windows can reduce energy loss in your home from between 30 and 50 percent. So what does this mean exactly?
This means your HVAC unit does not have to work as hard to keep the home at your desired temperature level. Subsequently, your home is likely to feel more comfortable than it did before you installed Low-E glass windows.
Save Money On Energy Costs Each Month
Since your home does not have to work as hard to control the temperature with Low-E glass windows, you can naturally save money on energy costs each month.
The cost of Low-E glass windows is approximately 10 to 15 percent more than traditional-style windows, but the extra cost is often returned to the homeowner over time due to monthly cost savings. When combined with the exceptional durability that Low-E glass windows provide, it is a cost-effective solution long-term, despite the increased cost upon installation.
Low-E Glass Is Completely Transparent
Low-E glass is essentially invisible, which gives it an aesthetically pleasing transparent appearance. This is because the protected coatings of Low-E glass have a transparent nature. There is also no tint added to Low-E glass windows. In addition, they are damage and scratch-resistant (see below). While regular cleaning may be necessary, it is easy to keep their beautiful appearance for more than a decade.
When combined with the energy cost savings, the aesthetic value makes Low-E glass windows essentially flawless.
The Low-E Coatings Cannot Be Damaged
The reason Low-E glass windows are so durable is that the protective coatings that deflect UV and infrared rays are on the outside of the glass, which means the glass is protected in the middle.
Subsequently, the glass is far less likely to get dirty or damaged by weather elements, animals, etc. In fact, Low-E glass windows last an average of 10 to 15 years. Of course, the climate you live in and the regular maintenance you provide may play a role in how long they last.
Protect Your Home Furniture From Harmful UV Rays
UV rays and infrared light can damage furniture over time, in addition to heating the home more than you may desire. This can lead to you having to replace your furniture more often than you want. However, since Low-E glass windows deflect UV rays, it helps protect your furniture’s upholstery from early wear and tear.
This means you can allow the natural light to shine through without worrying about damaging your furniture, so you can say goodbye to the curtains during the daytime and enjoy the beautiful natural lighting.
Low E-Glass Windows vs. Traditional Insulated Windows
Low-E glass windows cost more on average than traditional insulated windows. However, this is only in reference to the initial cost of the window installation.
When factoring in the cost of energy savings long-term, many who purchase Low-E glass windows save more money. In addition, Low-E glass windows protect your furniture from damage by UV and infrared light, which is not the case with traditional insulated windows.
Traditional insulated windows are more affordable initially than Low-E glass windows. However, they may not hold up as well over time. While they can last for more than a decade, they are more susceptible to damage from weather, animals, golf balls, etc. Perhaps more notably, traditional insulated windows do not deflect UV light the same way as Low-E glass windows and may be more vulnerable to stains.
Some traditional window styles also include a tint, rather than the invisible and stain-resistant nature of Low-E glass windows.
Reach Out To The Experienced E-Glass Window Installation Contractors
If you are interested in low e-glass windows and want to learn more about how they can benefit your home, reach out to our experienced team of window installation contractors at Adelphia Exteriors today by calling (703) 386-7357 or by requesting an estimate online. We are glad to answer any questions you may have and guide you through every step of the decision-making and installation process with low e-glass windows.