Keeping your home or conservatory warm in winter can be quite a challenge and rather costly. There are two ways of reducing heat loss via your windows. One is to install double glazed window panes and the other is to install thermal glass.
Double Glazing Explained
Double-glazed windows are essentially two panes of glass as opposed to the usual single pane. Usually a gas with good insulation properties – such as argon – is used to fill the space between the panes, which enhances the thermal control properties of the window.
Thermal Glass Explained
Thermal glass, such as Solect developed by G. James is glass that has been treated to have a low emissivity, reducing overall thermal conductivity. The most common way of producing thermal glass is by coating it with an infrared reflective coating, which prevents the heat escaping through the glass.
Why Thermal Glass is a Worthwhile Investment
The primary advantage of installing thermal glass is its ability to keep cold air out and warm air in. Effectively this means you could save significant amounts of money on your heating bills as your heating system will not have to work as hard to maintain the room’s temperature.
A Good Environmental Choice
As explained above, installing low-e thermal glass, whether double glazed or not, significantly reduces your heating bills. This not only saves you money, but can make a positive contribution to environmental conservation since less energy is consumed.
The Solect range offers many benefits including:
> Cooler in Summer
Reduces heat gain by up to 50%*
> Warmer in Winter
Decreases heat loss by 30%*
> Save $
Consume less energy heating and cooling
Grade ‘A’ safety glass
Resists easy break-and-enters
> Fade Control
Eliminates UV light by 99%
> Noise Control
Reduces noise transfer
|Glass ||3mm Clear ||6.38mm |
|Colour ||Clear ||Clear ||Light Green ||Light Grey |
|Light Transmittance ||89% ||81% ||71% ||47% |
|Light Reflectance ||8% ||11% ||10% ||8% |
|UV Elimination ||29% ||99% ||99% ||99% |
|Solar Heat Eliminated ||12% ||32% ||51% ||57% |
|Solar heat Transmitted ||88% ||68% ||49% ||43% |
|Shading Coefficient ||1.00 ||0.78 ||0.58 ||0.51 |
|U-value(Insulation) ||5.9W/m2.K ||3.6W/m2.K ||3.6W/m2.K ||3.6W/m2.K |