How Windows Can Protect Against UV Rays
When it comes to windows, the type of glass you choose is a critical consideration. One of the most important factors is to ensure that your home or business is protected from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Here’s an overview of what UV-protected windows can do for you.
Low-emissivity (low-E) glass
Low-E windows have a thin, transparent coating on the glass that effectively reflects heat and minimizes the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light that comes through the panes. Here are four reasons that low-E windows are a worthwhile investment for your home or business.
1. They decrease UV exposure. Standard window glass allows some UV rays to pass through. Unfortunately, these are the rays that are responsible for premature skin aging and can put you at an increased risk for skin cancer. Low-E windows effectively prevent the sun’s harmful rays from entering your home without blocking out natural light.
2. They protect your furnishings. UV rays are invisible to the human eye, but they can break down the chemical bonds in dyes, thereby discolouring wood flooring and fading fabrics. Low-E windows can help keep your furniture and other home decor looking new for longer.
3. They reduce your energy bills. Low-E windows provide added insulation by reflecting heat back into your home during the winter and preventing it from entering your home in the summer. This can provide you with year-round energy savings.
4. They minimize glare. The sunlight streaming through standard windows can cause excessive glare, which can disrupt your daily activities and increase eye strain. Low-E windows help reduce glare to create a more relaxing and productive environment.
Lastly, low-E glass can also help reduce condensation and fogging on your windows and keep humidity under control. In addition, All-West Glass carries low-E glass windows with a layer of argon gas between the panes. In these windows, the air inside the unit is replaced with argon gas. Since this substance is heavier than air, it provides additional insulation to create a highly energy-efficient window.
Energy-efficient windows in northwestern Canada
If you’re looking for stylish and energy-efficient glazing window solutions, look no further than All-West Glass. Our team repairs, replaces and installs glass windows and doors for residential customers. We also provide a variety of commercial glass services. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services. We have 19 retail locations across Northwestern Canada, including in Edmonton, Yellowknife and Whitehorse, as well as throughout British Columbia and Alberta.