Choosing Window Film for the Summer and Winter

Living and working in the Mid-Atlantic means we get to experience the beauty of the changing seasons. It also means that we have a wider range of climates to deal with, from scorching hot summers to snowy winters. For businesses and homes that have large glass windows, year-round temperature control can be a problem.

Big, beautiful windows let in sunlight but also solar rays, which can raise interior temperatures and fade furnishings. Poorly insulated windows can make it hard to keep interiors comfortable during the hot summer and colder winter months, too. The changing seasons in the Northeast can cause A/C and heat bills to go through the roof!

If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the beauty of the seasons while protecting your home or business from changing temperatures and saving on your energy bills, window film might be the answer!


Summer is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but if the high temperatures, humidity, and glaring sun have you seeking relief indoors, window film can help. Solar control window film helps both homeowners and business owners in the Mid-Atlantic reduce the effects of the sun.

Solar heat has two primary sources: the visible light you can see and the infrared light you can feel on your skin. Window film like 3M Prestige Series uses non-metalized, multilayer optical film to reduce glare, increase temperature control, and provide UV protection.

Reduce Glare

The bright summer sun doesn’t always spell fun; it can reflect off surfaces, causing glare and obscuring your view. Glare can strain the eyes by reflecting off of TV screens, computer monitors, phones, and tablets. Solar window film from 3M rejects up to 99.9% of UV rays to help significantly reduce glare. Window film allows you to let in the light and enjoy your beautiful view.

Increase Indoor Climate Control

Large windows let in breathtaking views in homes and offices, but they can also allow excessive heat to enter in the summer.

Sunlight lets in solar heat in the form of infrared rays. Solar control window film helps keep interiors cool by rejecting up to 97% of infrared light and stopping 60% of the heat from coming through your windows.

Having window film installed will allow natural light while reducing reliance on AC. Conserve energy while enjoying the beautiful view by installing window film.

Block UV Rays

Direct sunlight can be hard on interiors. Long-term exposure to the sun can fade furniture, photos, hardwood floors, and carpeting. Solar control window film helps reduce the effects of the sun by blocking 99.9% of the UV rays coming through windows. Protect interiors and prevent your property from fading by having film installed on your windows.

The Benefits of Solar Window Film

image showing how solar window film works, in rejecting solar heat and keeping indoor climates temperate year round

  • Provides high visible light transmission with excellent aesthetics
  • Up to 97%, infrared rejection provides energy savings and enhanced comfort
  • The non-metalized film has no signal interference and no chance for corrosion
  • Extends the life of interiors and furnishings by significantly reducing harmful UV rays, the largest cause of fading
  • Helps conserve energy and reduces reliance on A/C

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It’s pretty common to use insulation in ceilings and walls to improve temperature control inside buildings. Thermal window film works much the same way for insulating glass! This type of window film increases the insulation value of a single pane of glass, giving it almost the same insulation as a second plane of glass. In certain circumstances, thermal window film can help keep the weather where it belongs—outside.

Improve Temperature Control

Thermal window film helps to keep interiors cool in summer and toasty in the winter so you stay comfortable year-round. Thermal window films are a Low Emissivity type of window film, or Low E.

The Low E properties prevent the absorption of heat on glass surfaces, keeping hot air out during the summer months and stopping warm air from escaping throughout the winter.

Increase Energy Efficiency

If you are having a hard time meeting energy use standards, applying a Low-E window film can prevent heating and cooling from going out the window! You can save up to 10% on energy bills by installing thermal window film. Thermal film improves the insulation value of a single pane window to that of a double pane window.

Stop UV Rays and Maintain Appearance

Enjoy the view while protecting interiors from the fading effects of the sun. 3M window film blocks up to 99% of UVs and helps protect furniture, artwork, hardwood floors, photos, and rugs. Thermal window film is also virtually invisible when professionally installed on glass, so your beautiful view won’t be obscured.

The Benefits of Thermal Window Film

  • In specific circumstances helps keep interiors cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • Film is virtually invisible, maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the property
  • Blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays and protects interiors from fading
  • Rejects up to 47% of solar energy
  • Can potentially improve energy efficiency and reduce utilities by 10%

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30% of all energy used to heat and cool homes in the U.S. goes right out the window.

Hot spots caused by direct sunlight can also increase your reliance on air conditioning. Conserving energy directly impacts your comfort, your energy bills, and the environment around you.

Window film helps homeowners and business owners reduce their reliance on A/C and heating systems.

If you are sweltering inside during the summer and freezing on your property as the seasons change, installing window film can help you see your windows in a new light.  Contact our experienced team of professionals today to get your free estimate!

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