Low-E Glass Used in New Homes in La Quinta, CA, to Lower Energy Bills

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Low-E Glass has become an industry standard in the construction of new homes in hot climates like the desert area surrounding Palm Springs, CA. New home builder GHA Companies uses it in their new home communities in La Quinta, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.

Lower Energy Bills Through Technology

Low-E Glass has become an industry standard in the construction of new homes in hot climates like the desert area surrounding Palm Springs, CA. New home builder GHA Companies uses it in their new home communities in La Quinta, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.

In a recent interview with Mario Gonzales, the CEO of GHA Companies, he stated, “We have people coming from all over the world to live here in the Palm Springs area. One of their main concerns is adapting to the summer heat. To make our homes cooler and more comfortable for them we build them using Low-E Glass.”

Why do we need Low-E Glass?

If you have an older home that suffers from high electric bills in the summer, and your air conditioner can’t seem to cool it down, this may be the reason. The Department of Energy says that most homes in the United States have so many air leaks and drafts, it’s like leaving a window open all the time. These leaks cause a major loss of energy.

How Does Low-E Glass work?

Old style windows that leak air and invite the sun in are the biggest problem. Properly installed Low-E Glass windows used in new home construction can make a big difference.

Low-E Glass works by reflecting back the source of the heat. This is accomplished by utilizing an ultra thin metallic coating on or in the glass. The window is usually made with 2 or 3 panes of glass separated ¼ inch and filled with gas to help insulation. The benefits of Low-E Glass windows in new homes is they provide 30 to 50 percent reduction in energy use and cut your electric bill down. Other benefits are long term operating efficiency and improved access to daylight and natural views for home owners without increasing energy cost for heating and cooling.

To better understand what these Low-E Glass windows do, it is important to understand the 3 types of light coming through your windows.

  •     Ultraviolet Light is what causes interior materials such as fabrics and wall covering to fade.
  •     Visible light is in the middle of the spectrum and provides the brightness, but not the damage.
  •     Infrared light or heat energy, transmits the heat into your home.

Special metallic coating containing silver is applied to the surface of glass to reflect the Ultraviolet and Infrared light and let the visible light pass right on through. This blocks the harmful rays, saves your furniture and keeps your home cooler. The argon gas between the layers prevents frost buildup, serves as insulation and traps more heat.

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