Cut Your Energy Bills with Window Film
The tan, the warmth, vitamin D, relaxation… beach days are basically a therapy appointment with the sun. You bring a good book, a healthy snack, and a beach chair; but more importantly, you bring an umbrella and sunblock. Laying out in the sun is fantastic, but without the shade and SPF protection, you will get the sun’s damaging effects as well.
Window film is the sunblock and umbrella for your home. Windows bring in beautiful sunlight, but sunlight has its cons. Sunlight is made up of three types of radiation: ultraviolet (UV) light, visible light, and infrared (IR) light. All of that radiation brings heat, raising your energy bills. It also fades, discolors, and damages your belongings. Changing outdoor temperatures need to be kept outside, and we use heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer to achieve that. Window film can keep your heating, cooling, and lighting bills to a minimum.
The sun’s heat easily penetrates glass. The glass itself gets hot and radiates heat into the home while UV rays go through the glass and wreak their havoc. UV rays account for 40-45% of heat and damage, while IR light causes another 25%. Heat radiation requires air conditioning, raising your bills significantly. Window film keeps the UV and IR out. Depending on the film rating, up to 80% of sun radiation can be repelled.
The winter sun is the worst. UV and IR still bombard your house; if you leave a magazine on a window sill during the winter, the cover will still fade. However, the heat from that sunlight is cooled by the cold window glass. Interior warm air near cold glass will also cool, fall, and create that annoying cold, drafty feeling. Window films trap interior heat during the winter, lowering your heating bills. Windows are the weak link in home insulation, so blinds, curtains, and the like are also important to use during the winter.
Many homes are now built with larger windows and skylights, encouraging natural lighting and cutting back on electricity usage. UV and IR radiation protection makes using window light safer. More window light equals less electrical, artificial, vitamin D-lacking interior lighting. With window film, light through the window means cash in your pocket.
Window films are best installed on windows that face east and west because of the direct sunlight from sunrise and sunset. Film on north- and south-facing windows won’t have the same effectiveness in the summer, although film on those windows (especially the south-facing window) will help retain heat in the winter. The size of the window and the direction it’s facing will be the biggest determining factors regarding their efficiency.
At Home Decor Solutions, we can help you protect your home and your wallet from sun damage with window films. Contact us for more information about this helpful window treatment.