Low E Glass

Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by Gary D. Elsdon, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Gary D. Elsdon

    Gary D. Elsdon Member

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    Is The Health Of Houseplants Compromised In Any Way When Low E Glass Is Installed? Those WINDOWS That We Have Are Also Argon Filled.
     
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    I will be interested in the replys to your question as we are now building a house with low -e windows. I have been asking the same question of window manufacturers and no one seems to have a definitive answer. My understanding is that these windows do reduce slightly the amount of light coming in but mainly reduce the UV rays. I'm hoping that there are other indoor gardeners out there that have these types of windows and and still have healthy plants.
     
  3. Marn

    Marn Active Member 10 Years

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    im not exactly sure which windows you are talking about .. If you are talking about the kind that are tinted and help keep the heat in and the cold out ??.
    but just over a year ago we had new windows installed throughout the house and i get the morning sun in my bedroom were most of my plants are .. and it hasnt effected them at all .. my string of hearts plant just bloomed and ive had my christmas cactus bloom last christmas .. and my variegated monstera is growing pretty good .. as well as my other plants in there..

    I hope this helps you ..

    Marn
     
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    growest Active Member 10 Years

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    Gary and all--my greenhouse has thermal poly on it, basically a "low-e" poly (created by mixing a slurry of fine glass into the liquid poly while creating the film), which is becoming the standard poly in many areas for greenhouse construction. This may indirectly answer your question.

    The quality of low emissivity is the ability of the poly or glass to transmit the short wave infrared of the sun, but absorb the long wave infrared from warm objects, if I have understood this stuff right. So, the sun's light is not much changed, but the treatment of background heat is, again as this layman understands it.

    The main point being that this "low-e" quality is acceptable in greenhouse construction, so "should" be okay for your houseplants as well.
     
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    pinenut Active Member 10 Years

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    Low e doesn't hurt my stuff.
    Carl
     

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