Window film is an ultra thin layer of film that is applied to the interior of existing flat glass windows. The addition of it to a home’s windows delivers many benefits including energy cost savings, comfort from heat and glare, and sun protection for families, flooring and furniture.
It is no wonder why the average home wastes approximately $63 each month on energy – roughly $760 each year according to the Department of Energy – considering that 15 percent of a home’s wall space is glass, a poor insulator. To improve window’s energy efficiency, many homeowners first consider replacement windows. The problem is that energy cost savings from replacement windows require 15-20+ years of patience to achieve since that is how long typical return on investment takes. Window film is an affordable alternative to replacement windows if the goal is to increase energy cost savings. Professionally installed, it is on average one-tenth the cost of replacement windows, and typical return on investment is much faster (sometimes 3 years or less for premium brands).
Consistent Temps In Every Room
There is typically a room in every home that is consistently hotter or cooler than the rest of the house, and sometimes there are several. Window film helps increase comfort in a home by regulating the amount of solar energy entering, and depending on the film, escaping the windows. Certain films can increase the insulating power of existing glass windows up to 92 percent.
Another way that it improves comfort is through glare reduction. Oftentimes, homeowners think that the only solution to eliminating glare on their TV or computer screens is to close the curtains and blinds. Window film provides a brighter alternative for those who do not like to sit around in the dark. It allows sunlight into the home while significantly reducing, and often eliminating, glare on TV and computer screens.
The other main benefit that film provides is sun protection for families and for flooring and furniture. Damaging ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays penetrate untreated glass windows. The consequence is unnecessary exposure for skin, which is a known contributor to skin cancer, and also fading of flooring and furniture. Most products block up to 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays allowing sunlight to enter the home without the dangerous ultraviolet rays.