Everything You Need To Know About Smart Glass Windows

April 21, 2023

Everything You Need To Know About Smart Glass Windows

Whether you’re looking to save energy costs or simply want a more modern design, smart glass windows can be an excellent choice. However, they are not particularly inexpensive, so you need to do your research before deciding whether they’re right for you!

What Are They?

Smart glass windows, also known as switchable glass, dynamic windows, or smart tinting glass, are a type of window that can be controlled to change the amount of light and heat that passes through it. They can go from opaque to transparent with the touch of a button or a remote control. Typically, they are made from two layers of glass with a film or liquid between. The film or liquid contains tiny particles that align to become bright, and then shift to a semi-transparent state when an electric charge is applied. There are many different types of switchable smart glass to choose from, including suspended-particle (SP), electrochromic (EC), and polymer-dispersed liquid-crystal (PDLC). Each type offers unique benefits that should be considered when choosing a window system for your project.

What Are Their Benefits?

Smart glass windows help reduce your energy costs by reflecting light and allowing less air conditioning to be used. This is a great way to save money on your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, they can also help you improve the occupants’ comfort by controlling heating and cooling, as well as reducing glare and UV rays. This is particularly useful in office buildings as it can help you achieve LEED certification and increase employee productivity. And best of all, you can use them for a wide range of applications, including exterior windows and partitions, and interior glass walls and ceilings.

How Much Do They Cost?

Currently, they’re mostly installed by big offices and businesses, though some homeowners have started installing them too. The cost of the technology is a bit steep, however, which could be a deterrent for some consumers. The price can vary based on the type and brand but typically, it’s $80-100 per square foot. But it’s important to remember that a smart glass window can help lower your heating and cooling costs by 20%, easily paying for itself in the long run! If you’re interested in switching out your old windows for smart ones, reach out to our team of trusted window professionals here at Architectural Windows & Doors, Inc. Our contractors will work closely with you to ensure the glass fits your needs and budget!

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