mixing window coatings in the same room?
The experts on this board have guided me to install high SHGC on our south facing windows to take advantage of free solar heat despite lacking generous roof overhangs. Most of the research I have done also concurs with this advice (we live in Ontario, Canada so our heating season is longer than our cooling season).
Here is my current dilema. With our open concept plan, and our decision to have windows on at least two sides of most rooms, I am afraid windows of two different coatings will look odd together. For example, in our great room we will have large south facing windows which will have a hard coat low e on them together with an east facing window that will have a soft coat low e. Across from the great room is the diningroom (no wall between) that will have south and west windows in the same room. I have also heard that the hard coat will look a little hazy or smoky on bright days which is different from windows with the soft coat.
Has anyone mixed window coatings in the same room for windows of different orientations? How did this look? Would it be better to add a few more hard coat windows to the windows that are close to the south facing windows for a more consistent look?
Thanks in advance for all opinions.