If you’ve been looking to replace the windows in your home then you’ve definitely heard of Heat Mirror Technology. While it’s a great feature for a window to have what exactly is Heat Mirror Technology? In this article we will discuss the origins, the science, and the benefits of Heat Mirror Technology.
The Origins of Heat Mirror Tech
Heat Mirror Tech was first developed in the late 1970’s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The purpose of the invention was to harness solar energy by manipulating the amount of sunlight transmitted through the window. It wasn’t until 1983 that Heat Mirror Tech hit the market and it hasn’t looked back since. In 1984 it was featured on a magazine cover with an Apple product and in 1999 was named one of the top 100 inventions of the millennium by Popular Science. In 2016 and 2017 the technology earned the Energy Star Most Efficient award. It can be found on the Empire State Building as well as a research station in Antarctica. Now it is appearing in homes across America.
The Science Behind It
So it turns out the the science behind this kind of technology is not as sophisticated as you might think. In fact, the name kind of gives away the big secret. A very thin, reflective film filled with Krypton gas, is placed between two thick panes of glass. The film has the ability to allow visible light to come through the window but it reflects harmful UV rays that also cause heat. Heat Mirror Technology is able to successfully block out 99.7% of harmful UV rays as well as providing similar insulation to that of a wall. The best part is that the film works both ways, so not only will it keep the heat out of the house during the summer, it will keep the heat in the house during the winter.
Benefits to Heat Mirror Tech
The benefits to this type of technology is almost endless. To start, the Heat Mirror Tech is able to block out 99.7% of UV rays that are usually emitted through the window. UV rays are harmful and have been known to cause cancer, especially on the skin. These windows provide a great opportunity to expose yourself to the positive effects of sunlight without having to worry about any of the negative ones. The window is also able to dull noises from the world around them. If you live on a road with high traffic this could be the remedy you’ve been looking for to get a nice night of uninterrupted sleep. The window is also going to keep your energy bill low. Since it keeps heat from entering the home while also keeping it insulated you will be spending less on energy costs each month. Finally the windows produce less condensation, which means there is less moisture on the windows surface. This is important because as a windows lifespan ages, there are more cracks and crevices for condensation to sneak through. This could cause damage to the window frame, the structure of the home, and cause mold. Luckily Heat Mirror Technology has accounted for that.
Now that you’ve learned about Heat Mirror Technology you can now apply that knowledge to making a purchasing decision. Go over your favorite companies you’ve picked out and see if they are carriers of Heat Mirror Technology. If they are not, you may want to reconsider.