Pilkington K is a type of glass that has an intelligent low emissivity (low E) coating. This useful technology, used in double glazing, helps considerably in reducing the amount of energy required to heat a room and is particularly suited to conservatories as they have several glass windows. This energy-saving capability saves both homeowners money on their energy bills and reduces the levels of precious natural resources used and harmful emissions released. The low E coating is virtually invisible and Pilkington K glass has become one the most established and trusted low emissivity glasses around for replacement windows and conservatory fittings.
Typical or standard glasses, which have previously been used and are still common, allow the heat energy used to warm a room to escape partially to the cold outdoors. This makes the heating less effective and wastes energy. Pilkington K, on the other, works be bouncing the heat energy back into the room as opposed to letting it escape. Furthermore, its microscopic coating is designed to allow sunlight in from the outside in winter months whilst simultaneously containing heat from radiators and central heating to get the best of both worlds.
How Pilkington K Works
Pilkington K, amongst the most widely recognised and reputable forms of low emissivity glass, uses a discreet and ingenious technology to serve its purpose. The glass is used in double glazing windows and the inside surface of inner pane of glass is coated in a microscopic surface. This surface is a very poor conductor of heat, or a very good insulator. This means that waves of heat that have a certain wavelength – the kind that would be generated by central heating – are reflected back into the room. This is unlike typical glass which would simply act as a medium for transferring heat from indoors to outdoors. The discerning coating, although reflective of certain heats, can recognise the heat produced by the sun – as it has a different wavelength – and allows this heat to pass through the glass. This means that the windows not only reduce heat lost, but encourage warmth during the winter season.
The Benefits of Pilkington K
The major benefits of installing Pilkington K glass over standard non low-E glass are fairly evident. It is energy efficient, keeps conservatories warm for a greater art of the year; it is as effective as triple-glazing and still looks just like normal glass. The innovative heat retaining capabilities of the glass can significantly reduce the amount of heating required to keep a room, especially a conservatory, warm when it is cold outside. Whilst reducing energy bills, this also effortlessly minimises the unnecessary use of natural resources. This feature of the glass has also contributed to its increased popularity in recent years. Following the Kyoto Treaty, the government took steps to reduced emissions of environmentally-harmful gasses. One of their policies in achieving this was to insist upon low E glass for conservatories and replacement windows. Using Pilkingon K is an ideal way to adhere to these building regulations. This is one of many reasons to opt for Pilkington K glass.