Low-E Coating and Argon Gas in Window Treatments
With recent strides in window treatments, including low-emittance (low-e) coating and argon gas, it is important to understand the role of these processes to increase window efficiency and reduce heat loss. While replacing your windows may seem like a large investment up front, the amount of money that inefficient windows waste over a long period of time can cost more than installing new windows—that is why it is wise to replace your windows early as to avoid unnecessary energy costs. Here, the Maryland Window & Door suppliers, installers and manufacturers at Acadia Windows & Doors provide an overview of low-e coating and argon gas and their role in window treatment and protection.
Improvements in Window Manufacture Allow for Increased Efficiency
Progress in window manufacturing technology has allowed for improved energy efficiency, heat loss prevention, ultraviolet ray protection, reduced air flow and more. Two important treatments developed to enhance the quality of windows include low-e coating and low-conductivity gas, such as argon gas:
Low-e coating is a thin, clear film that is applied to window glass during manufacture. The coating’s properties inhibit the transmission of ultraviolet rays from passing through the exterior to the interior, thereby reducing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. The coating, made from titanium silver or tin oxide, allows visible light to pass through the glass while simultaneously trapping heat radiation inside. This means that windows with low-e coating prevent ultraviolet rays from causing your interior furniture to fade or become damaged from sunlight.
The most recent developments in low-e coating allow for the availability of a variety of coatings that are suitable for different climates and geographical locations—therefore, various types of low-e coating are available that suit homes in almost any environment. The development of low-e coating is one of the greatest strides made in energy-efficiency improvement in recent years.
An additional method of improving window energy efficiency is the application of argon gas in window manufacture. During production, argon gas is sealed in between the panes of glass instead of air. This gas is denser and less conductive than the air that would normally fill the space in between the glass panes.
The process of manufacturing windows with a low-conductivity gas fill improves the insulation and thermal effectiveness of the window, which increases the window’s overall quality. The inclusion of argon gas, in addition to low-e coatings, has allowed for increased energy efficiency in windows, which therefore reduces your monthly energy bills and reduces environmental impacts of heating and cooling.
Speak to a Dedicated Window Manufacturer at Acadia Windows & Doors
It is important to understand how your windows will help to prevent heat loss, improve efficiency and prevent future replacement or repair, which is why the window experts at Acadia Windows & Doors are here to help you understand the intricacies of window treatment and the processes that make it go smoothly. If you would like to speak to a dedicated window supplier and treatment provider at Acadia Windows & Doors, contact us today.