Is Smart Glass Energy Efficient?

Smart glass technology is a revolutionary innovation that enhances user privacy by turning opaque upon demand. Beyond its exceptional privacy control capabilities, smart glass also presents an energy-efficient solution to modern-day environmental challenges.

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In today's world, energy efficiency has become an increasingly significant topic of discussion. While the use of renewable energy sources and better insulation have been touted as solutions for reducing energy usage, more innovative options are continuously being explored. Smart glass technology is part of the solution for both commercial and residential properties. 

Smart glass technology is renowned for its ability to provide on-demand privacy, but the advantages of energy conservation often go unnoticed. Smart glass's energy-saving capabilities are due to its ability to block UV and IR light while decreasing the need for artificial light. 

Why Smart Buildings Use Smart Glass

Switchable smart glass has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it offers an opportunity to satisfy both modern architectural trends, the need for privacy and energy-saving measures. When powered on and off, smart glass goes from clear to frosted. When switched to opaque smart glass and smart film cut the glare from sunlight and provide privacy, but still allow about two thirds of natural light through. This means it is unlikely that the user will need to use artificial light to compensate when the glass is frosted, unlike many curtains and blinds.

Block UV and IR Light With Smart Glass

One of the more impressive features of switchable smart glass is its ability to reduce energy costs by up to 40% when in fully opaque privacy mode. This means that the operating temperature of a property can be kept between 4 F to 140 F, depending on the outside temperature, without the need for excessive heating or air conditioning.

Energy Savings = Cost Savings

Installing switchable smart glass in a property not only helps the environment, but it can also lead to significant savings on heating, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning costs. This long-term saving should be considered when making a decision about whether to install smart glass in residential or commercial properties.

A prime example of the cost savings possible through switchable smart glass comes from the Empire State Building in New York City. In 2012, the landmark building underwent a major refurbishment, installing switchable smart glass as a key element of the renovation. Within just one year, the building was able to save an impressive $2.4 million on its energy bills. This remarkable feat underscores the power of switchable smart glass to deliver significant energy savings in a remarkably short span of time.

Insulated Smart Glass Units

For those looking to experience the ultimate level of energy efficiency, we recommend our innovative switchable insulated glass units (IGUs), which offer both privacy and exceptional temperature regulation. Our double and triple glazed IGUs utilize advanced technological features that enhance thermal performance, keeping your living and work areas cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. These dynamic windows are designed to provide an unobstructed view when desired, with the added benefit of customizable opacity whenever you need privacy. Our durable and reliable IGUs are resistant to damage and break-ins, making them an excellent investment for energy efficiency, privacy, and security.

More Comfortable Workplaces and Homes

Apart from improving energy efficiency and reducing energy costs, there are many other benefits associated with the adoption of switchable smart glass. This glass not only increases energy efficiency but also improves the comfort and aesthetics of a building. The ability to adjust privacy settings and the use of natural light is likely to enhance the feeling of well-being for the occupants of the building.

Where Can I Order Privacy Glass?

Investing in switchable smart glass is a smart move when it comes to energy efficiency in residential and commercial properties. Energy-saving benefits and privacy on demand, coupled with long-term cost savings, make it an attractive option. Deciding to install switchable smart glass in your building is an opportunity to not only enhance the energy efficiency of the building, but also improve its comfort and appeal. 

Smart Glass Country is one of the leading switchable glass manufacturers across the globe, with a range of products that can be used for various commercial and residential applications. To find out more about how switchable smart glass can improve the energy efficiency of your property, visit our products page or contact our expert team today. Browse our applications page and be inspired by the variety of potential applications of electric privacy glass, and discover how you can improve the energy efficiency of your property today.

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