CREATE A BARRIER BETWEEN YOUR
HOME AND THE ELEMENTS
In 1865, Thomas Stetson patented the insulated glass unit. Today, we commonly refer to it as double pane windows. Stetson was praised for the insulating capabilities they produced compared to a single pane of glass. Advancing on that same idea, Stetson’snext patent was for triple pane insulated glass units that further improved insulation. Surprisingly, more than 150 years later, all other window manufacturers believe innovation stopped there.
At KHPP Windows and Doors we have lofty goals for the energy efficiency of your home. In the scorching days of summer, we want the interior of your windows to be cooler than the walls supporting them. Conversely, in the middle of winter, we want your interior glass to be as warm as your walls. What others cannot offer, we call Heat Mirror Technology.
As housing designs have changed to incorporate the use of more windows, our desire to use less energy to heat and cool the home has increased as well. In 1974, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) began development of a new glass system that would reduce energy consumption and associated carbon emissions as part of a research program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Ultimately, the group of engineers utilized a suspension system that eliminated the need for heavy, outdated triple pane glass systems or overly dark window tints. The invention became known as Heat Mirror Technology and quickly became the standard of high-performance glass systems around the world.
FLIR THERMAL IMAGING
BEFORE AND AFTER
HEAT MIRROR TECHNOLOGY
SUSPENDS A LIGHTWEIGHT
(PET) FILM INSIDE THE AIRSPACE
OF A DUAL PANE INSULATING GLASS
UNIT TO CREATE MULTIPLE SUPER
This film uses nanoscale coatings of metal to reflect heat back to its source. By creating these independent cavities, Heat Mirror Technology improves the insulating performance of dual pane glass by up to 500 percent. Better yet, since the energy required to produce Heat Mirror film is 16 times less than that of glass, a Heat Mirror Insulating Glass unit has a 30 percent lower environmental footprint than a comparably sized triple-pane glass unit.