The Benefits of Low-E Glass for Toronto Homeowners December 30, 2014 If you have low-e glass on your replacement windows, or you have heard about this option, you may be wondering whether it’s actually beneficial for your Toronto home. The truth is that it might very well be beneficial and don’t assume that just because you live in a cooler climate it’s not something to think about. The essence of low-e glass. When you’re sitting in your home during the summer months, on a nice, sunny day when the temperature outside is in the 30s, it’s actually quite warm. You will feel that sunlight baking you right where you are. It’s not just heating up your skin, but your entire home. The UV rays of the sun are also causing some of the woodwork, carpeting, or furniture to fade over time. When you’re trying to stay cool during those hot, humid summer days, you’ll likely be running an air conditioning unit. Low-e glass helps to block a significant portion of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. That helps to keep your home cooler during the summer. So what about wintertime? This is the time of year when you probably want to maximize the amount of direct sunlight that gets into your home, so it saves on your heating expenses. Low-e glass will cut down on the sun’s UV rays based on the angle of the sunlight. The lower the angle, the less UV radiation it’s going to block, so during the winter you can still gain benefit by having the sun heat up a portion of your home. Saving money on your cooling expenses during the summer is one of the most significant benefits of low-e glass. Protecting your home and furniture from drying, fading, and cracking is another major one. If you’re interesting in learning more about low-e glass, contact Platinum Windows and Doors today.