In the past, having skylights in your home meant experiencing excessive heat in the warm months and unwanted greenhouse effects. Fortunately, those days are over, thanks to the latest low-E glass skylights. Modern skylights are designed with a low E glass that is more superior to the acrylic of the olden days. Here are some benefits of using low E glass for your skylights.
What Is a Low E Glass
Low emissivity (low E) is the surface condition that emits low levels of radiant thermal energy (heat). According to Planck’s law, all materials absorb, reflect, and discharge heat. But with low E glare is a specific wavelength interval of heat known as thermal radiation of materials. Emissivity is the value of materials based on the ratio of heat discharged compared to a perfect black body.
Low-emissivity glasses are naturally very emissive. So, to enhance their thermal control, a thin-film coating is applied to the raw soda-lime glass. There are two main methods of applying this coating to the glass: pyrolytic chemical vapor deposition and magnetron sputtering. A pyrolytic coating is usually applied at the float glass plant during processing, while the second one uses large vacuum chambers with many deposition chambers depositing between five and ten layers in succession.
Why You Should Use Low E Glass for Skylights
First, low-E glasses are energy efficient and highly durable. The Low-E component is an almost invisible metallic oxide layer put on the surface of the glass panel to reduce its U-factor by moderating radiative heat flowing through the glass. By reducing radiation and ultraviolet light coming into the house, a low-E glass skylight keeps you and your family safe from harmful rays of the sun. it also protects your expensive furniture from fading and other damages caused by extensive exposure to direct UV rays.
Low E glasses also have a layer of Argon – a colorless, odorless gas normally used in electric lamps and fluorescent tubes. Since this gas is denser than air, it offers reliable insulation. When it’s placed between two glass panes, this gas prevents excess heat from filtering through the skylight in the hot months and less cold during cold months. Low-E glass also has a smooth surface that disperses water immediately and evenly to accelerate dirt removal and reduce water spots. This glass is the ultimate solution for you if you want to have low-maintenance skylights with annual h energy savings of about 2parcelsel. For more information on low-E glass skylights, talk to Designer Glass Specialties.