Dec 13 2007
One More Way To Make your Windows Efficient
Similar to the way you change your wardrobe each season, you can also change your windows…or, at least, you can pivot them.
As we discussed in our article ‘What’s Next in Windows?’ the low-E coating on windows allows sun to heat our homes in the winter and block heat from the sun in the summer. This, of course, requires different amounts of low-E coating.
Change of Season
In the summer, we want to block the sun out so that we don’t have to rely on the air conditioner to make our homes comfortable. This means that we want a window with a low-E coating which will reflect the sun away from our home. In the winter, however, the sun is a free source of heat so windows that allow for high solar heat gain are best.
Finding the most efficient windows has long been about accommodating all weather conditions. Transition metal switchable windows have addressed this issue as discussed in the article ‘What’s Next in Windows?,’ but what else is out there?