Should I Use Low-E Glass or Window Film to Block Heat?

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Subject: high school passive solar house model project

I need to design a passive solar house that will warm up during the day and retain as much of that heat overnight. The temperature of my house will be monitored while it is warmed with a 150W light bulb for 40 min, and for 40 min after the light is turned off. Goal is to warm the house as much as possible and lose as little heat as possible after the heat source is turned off. The structure must be made out of cardboard, and I have insulated it with foam insulation. I am using plastic sheets for the windows, do you have any tips on how I can make full use of them, so they can let a small much heat in as possible but not escape afterwards? Should I double pane them?

sophia bell

Subject: Anderson Low E window with film not working

We have a 7 year old house with Anderson Low E insulated windows that had a sun film applied---which has done nothing to prevent bleaching of the maple floors all over the house. Can we have the existing film removed and replaced with a more efficent one? These are the top of tall transom windows so view and outside appearance are not important Glare and heat from the southern exposure are-- even though we are in the Northest---we bake every morning in the kitchen and can't even read the paper from the glare.

Scott Johnson

Subject: Window Tint

I just this week tinted the windows in my San Diego house. I had a 11.5x5 foot window facing south, and as the sun set, it baked the house. The windows are from the 50's aluminum panes. My experience was that there's a lot of shady window tinters and I had a lot of bait and switch, and wildly different estimates. The first guy didn't show up at all for his appointment or call, so he got scratched off my list. Then I found a place which had a hundred good reviews. I visited and I had planned to go with the 80% blockage, I went with the 65%. I was glad not to go full mirror it looks weird. So I gave them a deposit of $150 to order the bronze color to go with my stucco. The guy had some film leftover, and offered to do my kitchen windows too, which also took in a lot of light. The effect on my house was dramatic, probably reduced the temperature at least 10 degrees to 15 degrees. I didn't like how it darkened my bright kitchen, but we can always open the windows. My total cost was $500 and the guy let me keep the extra film. I could have done one more window, but it would have looked asymmetrical. The bronze looks great on my beige stucco.


Subject: Window film in san diego

How are your tinted panes holding up. Any regrets yet? Also May I ask who you used; as I also reside in San Diego. Thank you, Curtis


Subject: low e windows

I had new windows installed last year and am very unhappy. the low e blocks most of the sun making my house feel like a dungeon and cold all winter no matter what. My energy usage went through the roof so despite this year being a much milder winter than last my energy bills doubled. This blocks the benefit of the sun helping to keep the house warm plus makes the house dark and dreary. My plants have either died or are dying, I am feeling like I live in a cave, and there is NO energy savings in fact quite the opposite. They tilt in for easier cleaning but why bother cleaning them when they look dirty all the time anyway they are so dark. I am SO sorry I ever got these and now looking into how I can replace them/

Kevin Koval

Subject: Blatant misinformation about window film

"not a good idea with dual-pane glass because the film is applied to the inside of the window"? What is this claim based on? This is a misconception perpetrated by the window/glass industry based on a few bad window film companies who installed the wrong film on glass causing it to break. For every incidence of this happening there are literally thousands of happy customers who never have any problems with window film. Window film is a billion dollar industry worldwide manufactured by respectable companies like Eastman Chemical and 3M. On the issue of seal failure you can read more at the IWFA website where there is an article in which independent research found NO CORRELATION between the addition of film and seal failure. (I would attach the link but it is blocking any links in the comment)

Eastman provides a lifetime warranty on most window film installations that will match your existing window warranty. If these myths of window film causing windows to break and seals to automatically fail were true the window film industry would have died a long time ago.

M. Jones commented "as a person who looks at a lot of windows, I can tell you that tinting very often comes undone and leaves unsightly lines on the glass." OK, there are plenty of bad companies installing film and inferior products that can go bad. I am also a person that looks at lots of windows and I see all kinds of problems with windows, frames, glass and the general installation quality of windows. I am sure M. Jones sees lots of this too or there would not be the need for a replacement window industry...

To the original question of "should I use Low-E glass or window film to block heat?" the answer is not simple. First we need to address whether your current windows are structurally sound. No sense adding a film to bad windows, this is the "band-aid" scenario. If the windows are structurally sound, WINDOW FILM WILL MAKE ANY WINDOW PERFORM BETTER. This fact is indisputable. In terms of summer heat rejection window film can make a dramatic difference. SOME new low-e window coatings will make a noticeable difference as well. There is a range in "solar gain" available in low-e window coatings with low solar gain low-e being a good option if you live in a warm climate. We do comparisons of different window types with and without window film all the time for our clients to help them make an educated decision.

Low-e windows provide an advantage in performance over standard glass, primarily in winter heat retention. We also have low-e window films that can upgrade the performance of ANY WINDOW. Search enerlogicfilm to learn more.

In summation, low-e windows can block more heat in the summer than clear glass, depending upon the low-e coating. It is always a good idea to visit NFRC to compare performance and understand the terms. Window film will improve the performance of any window at a MUCH LOWER COST THAN REPLACEMENT WINDOWS.

Happy to answer any questions you may have about windows or window film. You can find us and our eight Angie's List Super Service Awards by searching solarisfilm.

M. Jones

Subject: Film is almost always a bad idea.

I know that films work and in full disclosure, I do work for a company that does window replacement and not films.

To begin the issues that I have with many of the comments are that they all are setting up straw men arguments against replacement. (assuming the worst.) For instance, Assuming energy efficiency is a stand alone aspect of the decision. I sell windows and maybe 1 out of 50 people who buy do so because of energy efficiency. The biggest reason to replace is Maintenance savings and Home equity. Efficiency is only one value point. Assuming that replacement takes 25 years for ROI is assuming the only ROI advantage is efficiency and that the windows are very low quality to begin with. Assuming that low-E is less that 95% effective at UV blocking is due to low quality windows in the first place. If Low-E is not above 90% don't buy the window. Also assuming that any screen will double energy efficiency of a window can only be possible if the window had next to no efficiency to begin with. A high quality R7.0 window will not be doubled in efficiency or even close. If someone is buying cheap, junk windows for bottom dollar with no warranty, then it might be better to use film. If you are looking for a quality solution, an investment in anything other than replacement is a waste of money. High quality windows come with lifetime warranties that end the need for any maintenance or repair cost in the future and offer up to 30% off your energy bills each month. ROI for these products is very strong.

Window tinting does not actually solve the problem that window replacement answers. It does not fix wood rot, or seal failure (although it can cause seal failure by heating vinyl and causing it to warp, in turn causing seal failure), and it does not add significant value to the home. It does not end the costs involved in painting, wood rot repair, and monthly heating and cooling excess. It will impact the energy efficiency of a home but not nearly to the extent of replacement. That leaves ROI on the table in the area of energy efficiency. Replacement is a fix, tinting is a band-aid. With that said as a person who looks at a lot of windows, I can tell you that tinting very often comes undone and leaves unsightly lines on the glass. No doubt there are companies that respond to this with warranties, etc. but it still happens.

Long story short, Windows are the only home improvement product that makes money. The value of your home goes up instantly.(although this is true with other projects too. Realtor Magazine says 70% ROI on average for replacement) Also the thousands of $'s in maintenance costs go away. And finally the hidden costs of up to 30% on your energy bill each month ends. When Efficiency, Maintenance, and Home Equity are considered together, most homes see a 100% ROI of under 5 years. Why would you then waste money on band aids. Almost in every scenario, it will be better to replace than to tint. But if you have fairly new windows that are excellent but just lack the extreme UV protection of 90%+, then by all means tinting is your solution.

Iman Razak

Subject: The article is well explained

The article is well explained, but I think some of the points are missed like costing of the Low-e glass is more than sun blocking films. Basically, it depends on the your needs, if you are looking for rejection of sun beams, then sun blocking is the right option, but if you are looking for reflectance and transmittance then low e-glass is the better option. Because sun blocking will not provide you this, they will reject almost 99% of UV rays. So it depends on your needs to choose your films.

But if you are talking which films stops the heat better then definitely the answer will be sun blocking films. Not only heat rejection they also keep the environment cool.


Subject: window film facts

the article fails to mention 1) the payback on window film is 2-5 years, as opposed to new windows at 15-25 years 2) certain film manufacturers offer warranties that assume the window warranties should they be voided after tint (see: Vista Gold Warranty) and 3) The all new EnerLogic window film is both low-e and heat blocking, out performing dual panes windows.

Low-E glass

Subject: Low-E glass

Low-E glass typically costs about 15% more than ordinary glass, but it reduces energy use by as much as 30-50%, by using most of the heat gain in winter but keep the harmful UV rays out during the summer, and when used in insulated glass units – can have even better benefits. For hot climates, low-E coating should be applied to the outside pane of glass. If the windows are designed to provide heat energy in the winter and keep heat inside the house typical of cold climates, the Low-E coating will maximize benefit by being on the inside pane of glass. Low-e glass is recommended by many energy efficiency experts as a result of high performance combined with aesthetics.


Subject: Low e window film

My situation - I live in north Louisiana. I have 40 year old single payne windows with aluminum frames. Also, money is so tight now, new Low e windows installed in our home may run $10,000.00 No way I'm affraid. SO, that is why I found this sight looking for a Low E type window film to reflect the suns heat in summer and reflect my central heating and fireplace inserts heat in the winter. Okay, I think I got the reflection part down (if I can find the proper film at a good price,) now I need to block the traveling air in my window frames. I thought I would build a small wooden frame painted as the window frame (like window screen frame) and cover these with crystal clear vynil you can find at walmart or a fabric store. Then, I would put a 1/4 inch or so thick of weather stripping (to assist no air flow and to help hold the frame in place in the widow casing)on the outer edges of my frame work and make a small handle or handles on the frames to assist installing them in the window box frame. Anyway, hopefully a very functional/practable with little expense idea. Any suggestion to assist me, especially what to look for in Low E film?
Thankfully, David



I would like to mention that a comment in this article is incorrect and I am not sure why Gilkey made such a statement. The paragraph discussing installing window film to dual pane glass..."but it's not a good idea with dual-pane glass because the film is applied to the inside of the window. Because of this, heat energy passing through the dual-pane glass is reflected back inside the insulated glass and can cause excessive heat buildup inside the unit, resulting in condensation." This is FALSE. Condensation is caused by water vapor not heat. Window film does not cause premature seal failure. Independent studies have been done to see if window film causes premature seal failure on dual pane glass and it has been concluded that the only issues that cause seal failure are poor quality of construction with the window and/or aging of a window unit. I have included a link to this study. Window film manufacturers will cover glass breakage and seal failure warranties for dual pane glass and dual pane low e if failure results after window film has been applied. (Do your research before selecting films. Not all films do.) I wish the writer of this article would have checked the facts before publishing this article.



We installed Pella triple-pane insulated replacement windows with LowE glass in our house about six years ago (replacing single-pane windows which were literally falling to pieces) and immediately noticed that our upstairs was cooler. Our house also became a lot quieter because the insulated windows block more street noise than the single-pane ones did.

We also hung light-blocking curtains in the bedrooms to keep out the afternoon sun. They've kept our bedrooms relatively cool and lowered the load on our AC.

We've never used window films and therefore can't comment on whether they're better than LowE glass.



Like the majority of the emails we all receive from Angie's List, this one is the same: an advertisement masquerading as a PSA. The best treatment for your windows is to not have any windows. I do however plan on looking into the solar screens mentioned in a previous post.

Richard A. Boothe


I live in the desert with south facing windows, my house is 60+ years old. 2 years ago I replaced (retrofit) my windows with LoE3 with argon gas filling in between the glass My power bill for the summer fell by almost 75%. (also installed new A/C unit). If you live in a desert, buy the windows, don't use the film at the most use thermal blankets or better yet 2x thick curtains one side dark and one side light



Unfortunately, there is no single answer that will fit every situation for every climate. So the short answers is, "It Depends". As a provider of replacement windows, window film, and replacement of only the insulated glass units, we cover all options. In fact, replacing just the glass is another option that should have been included in this article. Bottomline, you will need to evaluate your current situation and then price out each option realizing that every alternative is a trade-off.



The best way to keep heat out of your house in the summer time is to install room darkening shades in your windows. Not only do they keep summer sun and heat out of your house, but they provide terrific privacy. In the north when winter comes all of the shades go up so the sun can heat up my house.

Larry greenwell


I had window film put on my southwest facing windows. Soon after, they started cracking.



They say there is a solar film that can be used with Low E windows? Will it cause the Low E to fail?

Jim McGuigan


All Low-E is not created equal. Make sure you are getting soft coat low-e which is applied with a magnetic sputter process. It is actually a coating on the inside of the glass pack. I appreciate that there are plenty of amateurs willing to weigh in on film vs low-e but there is no impartial rating agency that uses the same ratings for both products. If looking at windows, you should focus on SHGC where the lower the SHGC the better. Windows can be expensive but go with a smaller contractor without a showroom and massive overhead and you can find a bargain. Sadly, many installers and carpenters do not understand efficiency. Just because a window manufacturer advertises a lot does not make their window a quality product. In northern climates you should make your decision primarily with u-factors in mind with the lower the u-factor, the better. Triple pane is always a better option. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR WINDOWS TO BE INSTALLED OR PAY FOR YOUR NEW WINDOWS IF THE NFRC STICKERS ARE REMOVED PRIOR TO DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION.



window film is hands down the best. A top of the line film manufacturer warranties the window . Film manufacturers just dont have the money to spend on advertising that glass manufacturers do,LO E IS A WASTE OF PEOPLES MONEY !

Jonathan Thompson


C.Utrias, Your right no one answered the question.

This is a difficult decision and we get a lot of customers asking the same question. As you stated there is a lot of conflicting information out there about window films and Low-e windows. It is good you are asking questions.

My thoughts are if you live in southern climates where heat gain is a major issue I would recommend the window film and a clear IG unit because you will also have issues with glare and fading. Window films will block 99% or more the UV rays (main cause of fading) and an overwhelming number of Low-e windows will not. If you live in northern climates and cooling is more of an issue the Low-e window will probably have a better result. You can always add window film on windows only apply it to those selected windows. Window films now are safe for Low-e windows and if a warranty is voided by applying window film the window film manufacturers will take over the warranty for glass breakage and seal failure.

I will mention that I am a window film installer in Central Texas for 16 years.

I work very closely with glass companies throughout Texas. Low-e windows are nice but we have found that customers still want window films in addition to Low-e because it isn’t enough.

Jim Freeman


If the reader’s goal is to keep the heat out during the summer, clear glass or tinted glass with solar window film is definitely the best option. My suggestion is based on my experience as a Vista Window Film dealer in Colorado.

First, I must clarify some misconceptions about window film that are included in the original article. First, most window film manufacturers have substantial warranty periods and in the case of Solutia Performance Films premium brand – Vista – the consumer can choose the Gold Warranty which matches the window manufacturer’s warranty for a small additional cost. The second unspoken assumption that I should clarify is that some window films are also eligible for federal tax credits. You can find more information about window film tax credits on this website:

Now, to answer the question: which blocks heat better – low-e glass or window film? In order to conduct an apples-to-apples comparison between low-e glass vs. solar window films, you will need to know the heat reduction specification for the low-e glass (not all low-e glass has the same performance) and the cost of both low-e glass and clear glass with window film installed on it.

Here are the steps I recommend taking to conduct an accurate comparison:

1. Have a glass company provide a quote for windows with clear glass and a quote for windows with a low-e coating, and make sure to get the performance for that low-e coating.
2. Contact a local Vista window film dealer and have them provide a quote for the installation of a solar window film, and make sure to get the performance of the film. Find a dealer at
3. Then, you can compare the costs and performance between the two options.

Lastly, window films offer many benefits in addition to keeping you cool in the summer. Vista Window Film can reduce your annual cooling costs up to 50%, it provides 99.9% UV protection that helps prevent skin cancer and interior fading, and it offers safety by holding the glass shards together in the event that a window would break.

And if you are looking to reduce energy costs all year, the new Vista EnerLogic low-e film series offers year-round insulating performance for your windows. You can keep the heat out in the warmer months and trap it in during cooler months.

A Wulff


After buying the best low-e fiberglass windows, I found Inflector solar selective window insulators. Basically it's an energy screen that reverses in winter to become a passive solar collector. Also cuts out infiltration when mounted as an interior panel. Why buy new windows? These at least double the energy efficiency of a window, according to Texas A&M testing. Cut UV, reduce glare, reject infrared heat. Great product.

Roy Mathis


low e windows are a good investment in the midwest or east coast but in the southwest the best cost for the money is a good dual pane with at least a 1/2" air space Install a high quality solar control film with a high total solar rejection and it is possible to reject as much as 80% of the heat gain it also helps keep the heat in in the winter time I have been in this business for over 30 years an am registered with the IWFA as a Solar Control Film Specialist.



Comment on the tax credit. We replaced 4 windows last year with the best triple pane and again this year put in four more thinking we would get a tax credit. Unfortunately we don't pay enough taxes (because we don't make enough money). No one told us this little bit of information when we were purchasing the windows. It's hind sight now but thought some would like to know this info before getting anything that says a credit if available for a product. (We're senior citizens) But the credit was an incentive to purchase when we did. I looked up tax credits and could fing no restrictions. The bottom line is, there are restrictions.

S Ferraro


THe newer low-e glass is very effective in reflecting out extra heat - summer AND winter! Film has the same issue - I would recommend neither and use drapes or blinds that are closed when the sun is broiling your house!

rita addison


We chose double pane, clear windows for the south, but low E for all other areas. We chose an expensive brand, Accurate Dorwin of Canada, because no one in the US offer pultruded fiberglass, insulated frames with the quality of glass we wanted.For the view I didn't want any low-E.
Now we're going use temptrol curtains from www.radiant to reflect the summer heat from the south and save our internal heat in the cold winters.

Sally Kahle


Where is the common sense in this? Of course window contractors are going to try to sell you replacement windows versus the film! What they don't tell you is that modern windows are designed to last a maximum of 20 years, so you would need to replace them AGAIN! Frequently the older windows, made with hardwood no longer available, were built to last forever. I know because I live in a house built in 1886 with its original windows.

Kim Womantree


The cheapest solution to solar gain for south facing windows is to hang a space blanket (costs $1-5) with the shiny side facing out. This blocks 90% of the heat gain, although it can look somewhat tacky. I have this on 75% of my windows, so I still get some view. I also applied it to 50% of my skylights. Space blankets, also called mylar or thermal blankets, are available through camping equipment stores and army surplus stores.

Claire Schaffer


Another good option is awnings. They can block the summer sun, which is high in the sky, but let in the winter sun, which is lower.

C. Utrias


Nobody answered the question! They are already replacing the windows.... the question was replace with either low e, or clear with film....



I like my windows, if replaced my cats wouldn't have their beloved ledges anymore. I've looked at film but it is very expensive. I'd like to reasonably priced film to put on old windows and settle for less efficiency and huge replace bill.

Kenneth Young


I have a little understanding about saving energy...consider putting SOLAR screens (full window coverings) that have swivel lock keepers so one can remove them in the winter to help with solar heat gain. These are by far the most economical way to reduce heat light from coming into one's house!

Rob Bruce


I'm sure that replacement windows would be a more comprehensive solution, but the cons of film aren't really an issue for most. If you're already thinking of replacing your windows, they're probably out of warranty -- if they were ever "in". Mine are 90 years old. Storms have been added, but they are still pretty leaky by new window standards. And condensation is the least of our worries for those of us in the "ancient window" situation. I've also noticed that it seems to rather dramatically increase the cost to specify replacement windows that match the appearance of original hardware, so there's another tradeoff. If I had sufficient funds, and I thought I'd surely be staying in this house for 20 years, I'd go for replacements. But lacking those, I'll adopt a more "provisional" solution.

Lindsay Orwig


We owned a 50+ year-old home that still had its original single-pane windows. Money was tight, and purchasing replacement double or triple-pane windows was not an option. We put window film on all our windows that got the most heat. The window film is certainly a viable option for those who want to block some heat, and it doesn't cause any of the problems the contractors were talking about that happen with the newer windows. It might not be the perfect permanent solution, but it is certainly more affordable if you need something more affordable. I also agree with what Barbara said - solar shades are a great option as well. And again, if you're looking to save some cash, there are heat and light-blocking fabrics available at your local fabric store for a fraction of what you might pay for a brand-name solar shade.

Dale Martin


Some of the double pane windows in my home are 'cloudy'. Initially, I thought they were just dusty/dirty and tried to clean them; both on the outside and the inside. No luck. It appears that the film is on the inside between the 2 panes of glass. It doesn't appear to be condensation; it appears to be more of a constant film.
Is there a "fix" to this or do I need to begin replacing the windows in my home?

barbara shanks


Window coverings also offer an additional layer of insulation from heat gain. Honeycomb shades, such as Hunter Douglas Duettes and Applause product, actually carry an R Factor against heat loss and also help to keep heat out. These elements provide 95 - 99% UV protection and offer a very low profile on the window as well.

Solar Shades are another low profile but very effective method of dealing with heat. The darker sun shade fabrics allow a clear, crisp view to the outside as well. While they do not provide privacy at night, they do reduce heat gain, especially if the solar fabric has an aluminum-coated side facing outward, as this reflects the sun instead of absorbing it as other dark sunscreen fabrics will do.

Hope this helps.

David Oetzel


I feel this article was very biased toward the glass manufactures. And some of their information is inaccurate. Window film does not harm properly constructed windows. When you look at the overall performance, value and the effect on the environment window film is dramatically more environmentally conscious.

Pat Sulick


We had double pane replacement windows installed a couple of years ago. In the summer, they have a huge amount of condensation on the outside in the mornings. In the winter, there is huge condensation on the inside in the morning. We have our AC at 70 in the summer and the heat around 65-68 in the winter. What can we do to eliminate this condensation? I've tried to contact the distributor and the manufacturer and get no response.


Brian Stewart

Subject: Condensing windows

Make sure your Ac vent blows on the window to get the condensation off it and run you fan on program or on for a bit to see if that slows down the condensation.



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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.