Australia’s harsh climate and spiralling energy costs mean that many of us are looking to make our homes more efficient. One of the easiest, most cost-effective ways is by installing Low-E sliding glass doors and windows.

Low-E, short for Low-Emissivity, glass contains a transparent, microscopic coating that improves the thermal efficiency of your windows. Between 10-50% of a home’s energy loss occurs through its windows and doors, with most of the energy going through the glass itself.

Glass with a Low-E coating keeps your home warmer in winter by directing a higher proportion of the heat back into your home and can keep you cooler in summer by reflecting solar thermal energy from outside.

There are plenty of other benefits to installing Low-E glass in your home, so read on to discover why you should consider upgrading your windows.

Block dangerous ultraviolet light

Ultraviolet (UV) light can cause your furniture, carpet, curtains and paint to fade, and Low-E glass windows are the best way to prevent this damage from occurring. Low-E glass blocks out much of the sun’s UV light, helping to keep your home looking good for longer, and saving plenty of money in the long run. Your furniture isn’t all that will benefit from Low-E glass windows, because they can also prevent you and your family from getting sunburnt when you’re indoors.

They don’t filter out natural light

We all want to bring as much light into our homes, create a welcoming environment and brighten up the darkest corners. Low-E glass is excellent for this because they’re designed to block ultraviolet and infrared light, but they don’t block natural light.

They allow the majority of the beautiful sunlight to spill into your rooms, ensuring your house feels open and keeping your power bills low.

Reduce your power bills

Australia’s weather can vary wildly, so it’s important to have a home that can adapt to the conditions. Low-E glass is designed to insulate warm air during the winter months to keep you nice and toasty and keep the air cool during our balmy summer. This increases the efficiency of your air conditioning system, reducing electricity bills whilst helping the environment.

With Low-E glass, you might even be able to go without air conditioning altogether, which could be a major saving.

Reduce glare

Everyone has a massive TV these days, so you’ll know how hard they can be to watch during the day. Movies and sporting events can be hard to follow when there are reflections all over the screen, but that’s not a problem with Low-E glass windows.

They reduce the amount of glare on your TV by blocking dangerous infrared and ultraviolet light from entering your home. Even if you’re not watching TV, this can reduce eye strain in your day-to-day life.

Low-E glass offers better insulation than tinted film and glass

Many homeowners choose to install tinted film on their old windows rather than Low-E glass. Sure, the initial outlay is lower and they can help reduce excess light, but basic tinting doesn’t block infrared and ultraviolet rays and does little to regulate the temperature in your home.

Tinting won’t reduce your electricity bills and will do nothing to help the environment, so will have little impact in the long run.

They’re cheaper than double-glazing

It’s the age-old question; Low-E or double glazing? Both are great solutions to moderating your home’s temperature and reducing power bills but suit different situations. Double glazing has the added benefit of blocking outside noise, so is great if you live next to a busy road or are right on the train tracks.

This comes at a cost, however. Double-glazed windows are much more expensive than their Low-E counterparts. If you don’t have a problem with the noise you’re best going with the more economical, more practical Low-E option.