I am frequently approached by customers asking what they can do to improve energy efficiency in their homes or facilities without breaking the bank. One of the best, and more affordable, steps towards home energy efficiency is to reduce heat gain and loss through your windows. By their very nature, windows are less energy efficient than insulation-filled walls. You want to minimize the amount of heat gain though your glass in the summer time, while simultaneously preventing heat loss out of your windows and glass in the winter time.
While window replacement is an option it can be an expensive and labor intensive procedure, you can gain all the benefits of energy efficient windows in one simple solution: Window Film.
Window Film Is Energy Efficient
Depending on the type of your home's windows, window film can save you up to 30% energy savings on your annual utility bills. In fact, for windows that experience the greatest sun exposure, window films can block up to 83% of the total solar energy that would normally pass through your glass - which is sun control worth investing in. You can't help but enjoy the cost benefits gained by energy efficiency and all without ever having to remove or replace a window.
When you stand inside on a cold winter's morning and place your hand on the window pane, what do you feel? Is the window cold to the touch? Does condensation appear in an outline around your warm hand? What about in the summer time? Does your house heat up via the windows - especially the windows with the greatest southern or western exposure? If so, you should seriously consider installing window film as a method of insulating your glass.
That cold temperature you feel in the winter is a red flag that your heater is working over time in an effort to replace the heat transferring out of your house through your windows. The newest generation of low-e films have emissity ratings almost as good the best low-e glass on the market. The Enerlogic Series films from Solutia is a glass insulation technolgy that revolutionizies the window film industry. The Enerlogic VEP35 has a Emissivity rating of .07, which basically means that 93% of the heat which hits your glass will be reflected back into your facility or home. It is the first true all season window film.
Window Tinting Film Saves You Money
We recommend that customers purchase window film products that are rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The NFRC is the organization that rates window and door products for their energy efficiency. By using the NFRC's ratings the consumer can be assured they are comparing products apples to apples and they are investing in the most energy efficient window film on the market.
Another great savings is on the cost of your home furnishings. Daily sun exposure takes its toll on furniture, carpeting, interior paint, and artwork. Home decor fades, especially in rooms that enjoy the benefits of all that wonderful natural lighting. Installing window tinting now will help to preserve your home furnishings, adding another savings bonus.
Window film also helps protect your home furnishings from fading. It also provides privacy for you and your family so you can open those window coverings and enjoy the views.
Please contact us with any questions you have about the benefits of energy saving window film.