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Old 03-05-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Default solar screens or low e windows

does anyone here have low E windows and if so do u need solar screen with these windows or is it better to get clear windows and get solar screens any advice would be great


Thanks Michael
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:55 AM
 
Location: North Las Vegas
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does anyone here have low E windows and if so do u need solar screen with these windows or is it better to get clear windows and get solar screens any advice would be great


Thanks Michael
If you have low e windows and put screens on that can void your warranty, you should check with the manufacture as to how long their warranty is and what would void the warranty.
Some people will still put screens on their windows and swear it lowers their air-conditioning bill.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:01 PM
jpk
 
Location: Redmond, WA / Henderson, NV
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Low e windows will not stop heat from entering your home. They will maybe reduce it by 1/3. To reduce heat entering through your windows by a much higher factor, solar shades or window film is needed. Both of those options reduce visibility in various ways. The best mix of visibility and heat rejection would be an expensive nano-ceramic window film which has high visibility and high heat reflection (and high price). Low e windows by themselves maintain clear visibility. So the choice is yours based on your preferences.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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I have low-e windows that really don't do much for me. Tinting the windows, which also voids your warranty, was a good move. I have the same tint that jpk mentions in the post. A lot more asthetically pleasing than screens, too.
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Old 03-06-2010, 06:50 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Nano ceramic thin films?

Got a source of a scientific article on the subject?

Macro ceramic films do work

(That is a fancy way of saying fill the windows with bricks)
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Old 03-06-2010, 08:32 PM
jpk
 
Location: Redmond, WA / Henderson, NV
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Nano ceramic thin films?

Got a source of a scientific article on the subject?

Macro ceramic films do work

(That is a fancy way of saying fill the windows with bricks)
Jesus, olecapt. Are you from the 1940's? There's this thing on the internet called a search engine.

Ceramic Window Film Series - Huper Optik USA - World's first patented nano-ceramic technology (http://www.huperoptikusa.com/products_ceramic.cfm - broken link)

NanoMate- Eco-friendly Nano Ceramic Coating - Home Page
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Jesus, olecapt. Are you from the 1940's? There's this thing on the internet called a search engine.

Ceramic Window Film Series - Huper Optik USA - World's first patented nano-ceramic technology (http://www.huperoptikusa.com/products_ceramic.cfm - broken link)

NanoMate- Eco-friendly Nano Ceramic Coating - Home Page
I am a techie...you should know that. All the above appears to be marketing babble.

I am personally very familiar with both thin films and light transmission and nanotechnology. I fail to understand what a "nano-ceramic" is. Oft hand a bit of a contradiction...

From the huperoptik site...And I claim for the moderators...fair use...

Ceramics are tough and stable materials. Due to their ability to withstand adverse conditions, nano-ceramics are used in NASA's space program directly on the shuttles, integrated circuit component chips and even in industrial drill bits and cutting tools. The Huper Optik Ceramic coating has intrinsic solar selectivity originating from its unique molecular structure. Nano-ceramics are atomic-fine, equivalent to 0.000000001m, discrete optical coatings that are deposited through reactive plasma processes. They are therefore able to reject more heat and, being ceramic, Huper Optik Ceramic films are also more durable than any other window films

That is called in my world marketing babble....
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:05 AM
 
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i have low e windows. no tint (macro, nano, or other! and i agree wit olecapt, it sounds like marketing babble).

i have solar shades (essentially shades that are like any other window treatment, except they keep clear visibility while reducing the sunlight coming into the home).
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Old 03-07-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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My builder did not provide us with low-e window options. He did refuse to install them due to the method of construction he was already committed to do. We do have interior film for the windows and it is very good. I would prefer low-e glass with a 3/4" space using argon gas but we couldn't use the preferred windows. Our home is 4 years old and we have solar hot water and lots of high end insulation along with a 16 SEER A/C unit. Still the electric bill is around $300-$400 monthly depending on the season. OUr home is a 4/3 with large pool on the water and if I did build once again I would force the builder to install low-e glass or use another builder.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:25 PM
jpk
 
Location: Redmond, WA / Henderson, NV
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Wow, if olecapt hasn't heard of it, it doesn't exist?! OK, there's this tiny company called 3M...

3M™ Window Film Technical Library
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