Summer is here! Fun in the sun this season means extended daylight hours, temperatures rising and solar heat accumulating in your home, auto and office space. The effects of the sun this time of year can not only wreak havoc on your comfort level, but health and budget! In this article, Midwest Tinting wants you to benefit from the 3 ways window film can help make this summer cost less by keeping COOL and protected from the harmful effects of the sun.
- Window Films Can Save Money on Energy Costs – The extra sun that Summer brings also often brings high utility bills because your air conditioning system is working overtime. Through the use of modern window films, you can dramatically reduce the amount of the suns visible light and solar heat entering your home or commercial space with the high performance materials and properties. Rejecting heat off the glass, rather that being absorbed, cuts the total solar heat accumulation in the room; saving your AC unit from working overtime to cool the space. Even if you have Low-E windows, window films can help dramatically improve the heat rejecting performance of these units. In addition, window films can be the perfect way to upgrade older windows if replacement is not an option that is being considered.If your AC system is working less, you are using less energy and your utility bills will reflect that savings. In addition, although not specifically a utility bill, your AC unit working less throughout the Summer can extend the service life of that unit and reduce maintenance costs. So, window film can actually save both on the energy cost of running the AC and the maintenance costs associated with the usage of your AC.
- Window Films Can Make Your Home or Commercial Space More Comfortable – The longer days of Summer can also bring about things that make homes and commercial spaces less comfortable. Specifically, many spaces deal with excessive glare and hot spots at this time of the year. Whether it is for watching TV, using a computer or just kicking back with your favorite book, glare can make a room an uncomfortable place to be. By using window films strategically, you can reduce the glare in rooms where that is an issue.Additionally, does your space suffer from hot and cold spots at this time of the year because one side is in sun most of the day while the other side is in the shade? You can use window film on the side with excessive sun to reduce the heat entering in that area and equalize temperature throughout the space.
- Window Films Can Preserve Furnishings and Health – The extra sun that Summer brings can also bring about fading issues with flooring and furniture. Most windows offer no protection from the UV rays pouring through that account for a full 40% of the factors that cause fading. With modern window films, even the lightest shades block 99+% of the UV rays from entering through the windows. By eliminating this major cause of fading, you have taken a major step to extend the life of your flooring and furnishings. Also, The Skin Cancer Foundation has warned that this UV entering windows can also be detrimental to your health. In an article, they state,”While it’s understood that taking sun safety precautions is important outside, few people realize they can sustain sun damage indoors, too. While both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the sun can harm the skin and lead to skin cancers, UVB is effectively blocked by glass. However, at least 50 percent of UVA rays can pass through windows. Window film is an increasingly effective solution, offering substantial indoor protection by blocking up to 99.9 percent of UVA radiation.” The use of window film can help block these harmful UV rays and preserve your health in this area.You can read the entire article from The Skin Cancer Foundation by clicking HERE.
If you would like more information about these innovative window films and how they can be retrofitted onto your home’s existing windows to Beat the Heat, call one of our three Kansas City area locations listed below. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing a window film solution in your home or commercial space.