Looking for ways to reduce the heat of the sun inside your house? Wondering if tinted or coated windows will help?
We asked the U.S. Department of Energy for advice about what kinds of new technologies help windows keep heat out of your home.
We know: All About Low-e Tinted Windows
What are low-emissivity (low-e) window glass and films?
Low-e glass and films have been specially developed for residential windows to control the amount of sunlight and heat that enters your home in order to reduce glare, minimize fabric fading and enhance privacy.
What kinds of low-e glass and films are there?
There are basically three:
How does each one work?
Will these tints and coatings reduce the light in my house?
You can buy some kinds of tinted glass and window coatings that will reduce infrared light (heat), while allowing more visible light to pass through. These are called ‘spectrally selective’ glass, tints and coatings. Sometimes they will also absorb much of the UV (ultraviolet) light passing through the window.