If you’ve been following our blog you already know that decorative door glass is a great way to add style and character to your home’s exterior, and even add more privacy to your entryway. But did you also know that adding decorative door glass can help your home become more energy efficient?
It’s true! And it’s super easy to do, too. Keep reading for everything you need to know about energy efficient door glass and how you can lower your energy bill with natural light.
Low-E Door Glass
When you’re browsing our wide selection of door glass, keep an eye out for glass that’s labeled Low-E… But what does Low-E mean, exactly?
Low-E door glass is made with an invisible, thin metallic coating that blocks heat flow. Because of its energy-efficient design, Low-E glass can block up to 61% of ultra-violet rays — the same rays that can fade carpet and fabric over time. Additionally, Low-E glass reduces condensation on the glass, keeping your door and entryway nice and dry.
Low-E glass also has seasonal benefits. In the summer, Low-E glass reduces direct sun rays, reduces the loss of cool interior temperatures, blocks re-radiated solar heat, and as mentioned previously, filters out UV rays. In the winter, Low-E glass has the opposite effect by allowing solar energy inside, reducing heat loss (as much as 71%), and reducing the severity of drafts and interior cold spots.
Natural Light and Energy Efficiency
If you’re looking for glass that’s a little more decorative or private, you can still up your home’s energy efficiency levels. While Low-E glass certainly has its benefits, decorative door glass doesn’t have to be labeled as Low-E to help lower your energy bill. Bringing more natural light into your home, in general, can be enough to reduce your energy costs.
Many of our decorative door glass products are structured with two panels of tempered glass. These panels have an airspace that is sealed and insulated, creating an airtight and watertight environment, which in turns makes the glass more energy efficient.
- If your goal is to make your home greener, the type of glass you choose and the type of door and door frame you have can help you get closer to National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Certification. For more information on that criteria, check out this resource from our friends at ODL.
- Likewise, if your goal is to meet U.S. ENERGY STAR® requirements, choosing the right door glass, door frame, and material can help you achieve that goal.
No matter which door glass is the right choice for you, know that adding door glass from Zabitat can help bring more natural light into your home, and help bring your energy costs down — no matter the weather. Browse all of our products below and find the best decorative door glass for you and your energy efficiency needs!