During the hot summer months, the sun can really do a number on people. Finding refuge indoors is often the escape for most, but even there, we rely on air conditioners to cool us down. Cranking down the air conditioner means increasing the utility bills, which even energy efficient air conditioners still require funds for operation. With the aid of blinds, curtains, and drapes, you can find a reprieve from the intensity of the sun and allow the air conditioning unit to not over exert itself. With modern science, high-tech advances, and the brilliance of engineers, they are constructing and making get strides in developing windows capable of darkening on their own accord.
This bit of news excites the window specialists and enthusiasts of M & M Glass, and we would like to take the opportunity to relate more information regarding this exciting breakthrough.
Invert Self Shading Windows
Think of the prescription eye glasses that incredibly transform into sunglasses, a material known as photochromic, which alters when the surrounding light changes. Then there is thermochromic, you basic mood ring, that reacts with warm temperatures. And now, a similar application of a material that responds to an electrical charge with a more useful benefit of changing on demand is being marketed as a privacy window, which with a flip of switch can alter clear glass into frosted glass. The drawback of this design, according to experts of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the limitations, which prohibit it from darkening to the full opaque shade and that it takes several minutes to change. But professor Dinca and his team have developed a similar product that can perform at a quicker pace. Made up of several layers of compounds, the electrochromic window is composed of the electrovhromic layer and a layer packed with ions. Forcing the color to change by applying voltage, the ions are directed into the electrochromic layer, which also slows the transition down. However, with the new and improved design, which uses the metal-organic frameworks, the ions can transmit much quicker. The team also introduced a blend of 2 different colors, green and red, and when combined together it creates a shade nearly impossible to see through and is capable of producing various shade settings. With this clean air solution, we are significantly reducing the energy consumption by minimizing the need for air conditioning use, considering Americans alone spend $11 billion a year and release over 100 million tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Naturally the United Arab Emirates and the US Department of Energy are encouraging the progress with support and funding.
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M & M Glass finds the news of this progress in window technology and is excited to see it regularly used throughout homes and businesses around the world. In the mean time, we know windows. If your home or business is in need of window repair or replacement, call us today to get started!