The Low Down on Residential Low E Window Tinting
Low E windows and Low E window tinting . . . what does it mean? The term Low E stands for “low emissivity.” It’s become one of the buzzwords in home renovation and home improvements over the last decade, and with very good reason.
Let’s start by defining emissivity, since that’s not a word most people use on a daily basis. Basically, the ability of a material to radiate energy is known as emissivity. In the case of windows and window tinting, we’re talking about heat energy! According to our friends at Wikipedia:
Low emissivity (low e or low thermal emissivity) refers to a surface condition that emits low levels of radiant thermal (heat) energy. All materials absorb, reflect and emit radiant energy, but here, the primary concern is a special wavelength interval of radiant energy, namely thermal radiation of materials with temperatures approximately between 40 to 60 degrees Celsius.
If you are really determined to understand it, we’re going to direct you to a terrific article on the Glass Education Center’s website. If you are not so determined, all you really need to know is that Low E window films lower emissivity by a substantial degree, and reducing windows’ emissivity improves their insulating properties.
It’s all about insulation! Better insulated windows make you more comfortable in your home by keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. That’s Low E in a nutshell. See? Simple!
Low E window tinting will block heat gain in the summer by as much as 79%, keeping your home so much cooler, you’ll be amazed. Perhaps, like some of our clients, you’ll give your air conditioners the heave-ho. In the winter, your windows’ improved insulating properties and enhanced thermal efficiency will keep the heat indoors with you, not wasted as it leaks right through the glass.
When people replace their windows, they usually replace them with Low E glass. Sounds very fancy and high tech, doesn’t it? But Low E glass isn’t any special kind of glass. It’s merely ordinary glass—the very same kind you have in your windows right now—that’s been treated with Low E coatings.
So if you don’t need to replace your windows, if they are unwarped, unbroken, open and close easily—why go through all that bother and expense? Instead, simply have one of Scottish Window Tinting’s Low E window films applied to receive the same energy saving benefits at a mere fraction of the cost. And a mere fraction of the time as well, since our window films can usually be installed to most windows in as little as fifteen minutes.
(If you do need Low E replacement windows, please visit our sister site, Scottish Home Improvements for a free estimate.)
We are proud to serve Colorado with the highest quality, best performing Low E residential window films, guaranteed to save you money on your heating and cooling bills. Why not give us a call at 303-662-8214.