Getting replacement windows in Carmichael, CA is a big project. It’s a large investment and you want to get everything just right to ensure that you’re happy with the process after the installation is complete. But there are some aspects of the process that might trip you up. It’s the relationship between light and heat. Let’s take a look.
Let’s say you have certain rooms in your house that could use more natural light. Natural light is great, right? It makes rooms look more open, more welcoming, and larger overall. It can also impact your mood and your productivity. It might even help you sleep better. So the sensible side of you says that when you get new windows, you should find ways to let in more natural light.
But then, the other side comes in to have a say. You’ve lived in California long enough to know how brutal the sun can be when it’s at its hottest. And where there is light, there is heat, right? So when you let more light into your house, it’s going to heat the house up and you don’t want discomfort during the summer months.
So what’s a homeowner to do? It’s a catch 22! Let in more light and you get too much heat. Keep out the heat and you don’t have enough light. How can you get the best of both worlds? The good news is that you absolutely can. There’s actually a window upgrade today that gives you everything you want—and then some.
All you have to do is put low-E coatings on the glass of your new windows. This thin, metallic coating is invisible to the naked eye, but it does a ton for any home. The coating allows through any natural light you want, but it blocks the heat and the UV rays from the sun and reflects it back outside. In essence, you can open the windows on the hottest day of the year, get all the sunlight you want, and none of the heat. It really is the best of both worlds.
Low-E coatings cost a bit extra on replacement windows, but those around here who have gotten them to feel they are well worth it. They save money on energy bills and, even more importantly, they give the home an extra layer of comfort without sacrificing light.
If you are looking into replacement windows in Carmichael, CA and you’d like to get more light into your home without extra heat, contact the professionals at Southgate Glass and ask about low-E coatings for the glass. They can show you the differences in the ratings labels and ensure that you have the information you need to make the right decisions for your family. We’d be happy to show you around our showroom, give you a free consultation, and continue down whatever path you want to take for your project. We can also come to your home, measure, and give you advice as to what would work best for your goals.