Today “smart” technology is built into just about everything. Cars, phones, televisions, home appliances—they all have features that make life more convenient. Now windows also have new advancements and technologies. Many of these unique features are in developmental stages and some need fine tuning. But it is exciting to see these high tech solutions taking root and improving replacement windows. Here are five of the most high tech window solutions on the market right now.
It allows homeowners the power to tint their windows on demand. These windows can change at the touch of a button. Manufacturers are developing them for residential use to help reduce the cost of cooling during summer months. They also improve privacy and cut down on unwanted glare. The current versions take up to seven minutes to fully transition. But researchers at Stanford University have a prototype that cuts that time down to three minutes. The tint isn’t quite dark enough for wide-spread use, but it will get there before long.
Intuitive Transition Technology
Another company is developing a similar technology without electricity. It transitions from clear to dark also, but works instead with temperature change. It is called a thermochromic technology. The warm temperature activates the transition, changing the windows to block the heat, reduce glare, and block UV rays. It also helps maximize cooling efficiency and cuts down on your energy bills.
Harnessing energy from the sun is a familiar concept. You have probably seen solar panels in fields and on roof tops. These collect the rays of sunlight and convert it to electricity. But solar panels would make for a very dark house if you used them in place of your windows. There is a new technology, which is a transparent, luminescent solar concentrator. The window remains clear while it creates solar energy. Basically, the technology involves small, organic molecules. They absorb the energy and guide it through ultra-thin solar cells. While still in early stages of development, the potential is revolutionary.
Visible to the Birds
This probably isn’t something you worry about too much, but there is a way to make your windows bird-friendly. These windows feature a specialized patterned coating. It is not visible to humans, but it is to birds. They can see light in the ultraviolet spectrum and this technology harnesses that to alert them to the barrier. This modern technology is currently available in insulated IGUs and laminated glass and you can combine it with other technologies for even more convenience and efficiency.
You have probably seen robotic vacuums, self-cleaning ovens, and automatic shower scrubbers. The next step was inevitable. Robotic window cleaners are a time-saving option that has been introduced on the market. They will clean on the inside and out, from edge to edge.
All these advanced technologies are in the works to help make life easier, but the price is high and there will be a learning curve to find the solutions that work best. More window technologies are sure to come! To stay on top of the best window products in Deerfield, IL, you want Scientific Home Services. Call (847) 752-0370 or visit 7240 Saint Louis Ave., Skokie, IL 60076.