Indoor Plants and Low-e/SunCoat Tinted Windows

desertwestOctober 3, 2010

I am probably buying Milgard windows and now am trying to decide if I want the SunCoatMax (SCM) glaze or not. SCM blocks 95% of UV rays and generally has a VLT of 65%. I've read plants don't need UV, they need light from other parts of the spectrum so the Low-e glass may have no or little noticeable effect.

Does anyone have experience with this? Particularly SCM?

I also rely on the sun to heat my home in the winter, but the SCM makes it sound like the product keeps the home warm in winter too - the best of both worlds - but logically this doesn't make sense to me. If it blocks solar heat in the summer it's going to block solar heat in the winter. Any thoughts?

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SunCoat max (i.e. Cardinal Low-e 366) will cut down on the SHGC to the extent that it will certainly impact any passive solar heating ability of the sun.

If you rely on passive solar, you need to re-examine your choices.

Where is the home located?

Read the article linked below....

Here is a link that might be useful: Zero Energy Article

    Bookmark   October 6, 2010 at 9:55AM
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