Would you like to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of a home or commercial space cost effectively? Have you ever considered a professionally installed window film? If your impression is that window film is something you use to tint the windows of your vehicle, you are missing a large part of the story. Modern window films for home and commercial settings have little in common with the film you might use on a vehicle. In fact, you can realize many of the benefits window film has to offer in many cases without even being able to tell that it is installed on your glass.
In addition, when many people are concerned about disruption to their home or commercial space due to construction, window film is installed to your existing windows in a timely manner to minimize any interruption. In a commercial setting, we can often to arrange complete installations during off-work hours so there is no disturbance to the work place. Finally, these films can be retrofitted to nearly any existing window to improve the performance of that unit in a more cost effective way than window replacement and without the landfill impact.
With that in mind, we wanted to provide you with a couple of window film benefits and how they can be used to improve nearly any home or commercial space.
Five Benefits of Using Window Films
Reduce Cooling Costs – According to a report for the Department of Energy’s Building America Program, Larry Kinney states “In climates predominated by cooling energy needs, even fairly energy-efficient windows can account for 25% of total energy use for space conditioning—40% or more if clear glazing is un-shaded.” Properly specified window films can significantly improve energy efficiency of your existing windows and help reduce the energy use needed to keep a space comfortable.
Reduce Hot Spots – Often times home or commercial spaces are faced with a challenge of the cooling system not being able to keep all areas of a space comfortable. If one area is right, the other area is still too hot. If that area is comfortable, the other space is too cold. This is based on the way the HVAC system was zoned and can be difficult to correct. However, window films can be used strategically on windows where the heat is excessive to balance the load and reduce hot spots.
Cut Irritating Glare – Who wants to cover the open feel of windows with blinds or shades. Window film allows you to keep that open feel. In addition to blocking heat as mentioned above, window film can help reduce glare by up to 87%. This will make it easier to watch television or work on a computer in comfort.
Lessen the Detrimental Effects of UV Exposure on Furnishings and Skin – We all likely know the harmful effects of UV on our skin. In addition, most of us have experience with the sun fading a rug or piece of furniture. Untreated window allow most of the sun’s harmful UV rays to pass directly through. This is a major contributor to the fading we have all seen. In addition, while it has become common to practice sun-safety by using sunscreen outside, did you know you are being exposed to those same harmful rays while working near windows? In fact, The Skin Cancer Foundation has written extensively on this topic and how window films can help. This is because most window films will block 99% or more of the UVA and UVB rays hitting the glass. This helps to protect the occupants of the space while also preserving the color of furnishings, flooring, fabrics and carpets.
Cost Effective Alternative to Window Replacement – While there are cases where a window simply needs to be replaced, if the window is in good condition the performance can often be significantly improved more cost effectively than replacement. Window replacement is very disruptive to a home or commercial space. It can also be very expensive. Window film provides an affordable alternative to replacement when your goal is to improve energy efficiency and interior space comfort on otherwise sound windows. In fact, the cost for professional installation of window film is about one-tenth the cost of replacement windows!
If you would like to learn more about how window films can cost effectively improve the energy efficiency and comfort of a home or commercial space, contact us today by filling out the form below and we will get in touch with you. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing window film solution in your home or commercial space. We service Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Wisconsin with locations spread throughout the central United States. We look forward to serving you!