If you are thinking about replacing the windows in your home for the first time or even for the first time in many years, you may be surprised at all of the changes that have occurred in the construction industry in general and in window design specifically. Before you head out to purchase your windows, it is important to know more about the technology that goes into window design and construction now so that you can be sure you are getting the best possible windows for your home and needs.
One of the best innovations to come to window technologies in recent years is a special coating known as low-e coating. This is a thin layer of film placed on the outside of window glass. The film is designed specifically to filter out UV rays from the sun so that fewer penetrate your windows into your home.
The UV rays (ultraviolet rays) of the sun create thermal energy which in turn affects temperature. As such, when more UV rays get into your home through your windows, they can heat up the interior of your home. This causes your air conditioner to have to work harder than it would otherwise need to. If you are concerned about energy efficiency in your home and want to keep your electric bills as low as possible, then you will want to be sure that any windows you purchase have low-e glass coating.
Windows That Prevent Birds From Hitting Them
Another advance in window technology today involves a different type of environmental protection. This particular technology helps to prevent birds from hitting your window glass. While it has become something of a cliche or a joke, it is actually true that birds do sometimes fly into window glass.
The problem is that clear glass is invisible to birds and all they see is a clear path in front of them unless sunlight or something else causes them to notice that there is actually a barrier. Many people combat this issue with window decals or other object on their windows. However, this may not be your taste or style.
Luckily, technology has a solution to the problem and can help protect the birds and your windows. Birds see light differently than humans in what is known as the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum. This means they can see light and surfaces that humans cannot. Window designers have created a glass coating that appears as a textured or refractive surface to birds but looks completely smooth and clear to humans. Such a coating can also reduce UV light filtration into your home.
These are just a few of the many advances in window technology to consider when you are thinking about investing in new window installation for your home.