Many Southwest Floridians this time of year are looking for ways to keep their home or office hurricane resistant. Did you know that while choosing the perfect impact windows for your building, you can also opt to have low-emissivity protection in the glass as well? Low-emissivity, or low-e, is window glass that has been treated with an invisible metal or metallic oxide coating. It absorbs, reflects and emits the radiant energy that makes your interior hot and uncomfortably bright. Many savvy shoppers decide it is an economical choice for them, for several reasons:
It Helps with Energy Efficiency
It is a common myth that a cheap roll of tinted film will help make your interior environment cooler by reducing the glaring light that streams through the windows of your home or office. Tinted glass does reduce glare in a room and keeps it darker, but it will not contribute to a cooler interior or a lower electric bill. If you are looking to lower your monthly bills, you’re better off going with low-e glass instead. It keeps your home cooler, so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard, a risk everyone in Southwest Florida knows all too well.
It’s More Cost-Effective
Once you’ve made the decision to purchase hurricane impact windows, it’s a small upgrade to ensure they include low-e protection as well. The initial investment will pay for itself in no time by lowering your electric bills, keeping your air conditioning unit from working so hard it breaks, and substantially limiting your risk of hurricane damage. Low-E glass typically costs about 15% more than ordinary glass, but it reduces energy use by as much as 30-50%, especially during hot summer months. Those are solid numbers that anyone can appreciate.
It Allows for a Natural-Feeling Light
Despite keeping your house cooler, low-e windows are designed to allow as much visible light as possible to pass through the glass into your home. Increasing this visible light also increases the clarity and natural appearance, giving you the feeling of being outdoors. Typically when a homeowner decides to purchase hurricane impact windows over hurricane shutters, it is because they want their home to look more inviting, year round. Low-e glass aids in this as well, but a tinted film will give your home a dark, unpleasant atmosphere.
For improved energy efficiency and reduction of the amount of heat that can enter the building, consider the use of windows and doors with insulated glass with a low-e coating. If you're interested in learning more about hurricane impact windows with low-e glass, Storm Solutions offers a selection of top-quality windows and provides professional installation services. Contact us today to request a free estimate!