In today’s world of growing energy concerns amidst a call for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, conservation is becoming increasingly critical. One way we can reduce overall energy consumption and lower our net energy cost is to apply window film on home and commercial building exteriors. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how you can reduce your monthly energy bills by applying home exterior window film.
If you spend any time in the Southwest, you’ll quickly understand how the bright morning sunlight through an east-facing window truly does become a major heat source in the summertime. Even standing several feet back from the window, you can feel the heat on the carpet, on the walls, and on your face. And when you close the door to the room, heat rapidly builds up and causes the air conditioner to run more. All this does not bode well for your monthly energy bill.
You can try to resolve this problem in a number of ways. You can purchase blinds, curtains, or a bamboo hanging shade to block the sun’s hot rays, but the room will still retain heat and cause the air conditioner to run for longer periods of time. So what can you do to alleviate this problem? Enter exterior window film.
What Is Exterior Window Film?
According to the International Window Film Association , window film “provides specific personal and property protection from the effects of the sun as well as added safety and security in the events that result in broken glass…with escalating energy costs, products such as window film are increasingly valuable as an investment for commercial and residential owners and commercial facility managers.”
Benefits of Exterior Window Film
Exterior window film reflects 99 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays that cause fading to furniture, carpeting, and wall décor. Also, it reflects up to 70 percent of solar heat that causes your air conditioner to run, which increases your monthly energy bill.
Privacy is another benefit of exterior window film. For example, mirrored solar film allows you to see out, but people can’t see inside the home during the day.
Exterior Window Film vs. Decorative Window Film
Unlike decorative window film which is clung on the inside of windows, exterior window film is applied on the outside of windows to block the sun’s rays. While many only apply solar film on east- or west-facing windows that receive direct sunlight, some (particularly in the South and West) prefer to tint their entire home due to intense solar radiation and UV exposure.
What to Look For In Exterior Window Film
When you visit your local hardware store to determine which solar film is best for your current situation, you will find many styles, colors, and reflective tint strengths to choose from. Particularly if you live in southern or western climes, you may opt for a stronger tint designed to reflect 99 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays and up to 70 percent of solar heat. Keep in mind that the lifespan of window tint is approximately 15 years, making the effort both cost-effective and low-maintenance.
Exterior window film is a great way to reduce energy, prevent UV rays from fading your home décor, and lower your monthly energy bills. For more information, visit the International Window Film Association @ http://www.iwfa.com .