Low-E coatings are microscopic, transparent coatings that boost the energy efficiency of glass with their reflective powers. By reflecting the interior temperature of your home, low-e coating is your thermostat’s partner-in-crime, reflecting cool air in during warmer months and keeping warm air in during colder ones.
There are two different types: passive low-e coatings (hard coat) and solar control low-e coatings (soft coat).
Passive Low-E Coatings
Ideal for cold Canadian winters, passive low-e coatings reflect interior heat but also allow the sun’s short-wave infrared energy (also known as heat) to pass through, working double-duty to keep your home warm and toasty!
Solar Control Low-E Coatings
Better suited for warmer climates, solar control low-e coatings have superior solar control along with lower emissivity, working alongside your air conditioner by reflecting cool air back inside your home and keeping warm air outdoors.