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How Solar Window Film Blocks UV Rays and Regulates Temperature

Whether for commercial or residential use, solar control window films provide answers to challenges businesses and homeowners face when dealing with heat and fading issues.

In addition to internally regulating the temperature in your building, resulting in lower energy bills, Sun reflective films also protect your furniture, flooring, and valuables from the fading that occurs, day after day, year after year, from exposure to UV rays through your windows.

Why Window Film is a Smart Investment – Energy Efficiency

Two qualities define energy efficiency as it pertains to windows:

1.     Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

2.     Thermal Transmittance (U-factor)

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SHGC is a measurement of how much heat from the sun transfers into a building through the windows.  U-factor is a measurement of how well the window insulates.  In both instances, the lower the number, the more energy-efficient the window is in the hot summer months.

Buildings that do not currently have energy-efficient windows installed need not replace their perfectly good windows to manage the SHGC and U-factor to make their indoor environment climate-controlled and comfortable.

Installing solar control window film is more cost-effective than installing replacement windows, and the film will give you the same result and increase your energy efficiency.

Deciding to have solar control window films installed on your building significantly affects your bottom line by reducing your air conditioning usage and minimizing the load on your HVAC system, with many of our clients seeing a return on their investment in as little as 36 months.

Why Window Film is a Smart Investment – UV Blocking

Some may argue the biggest draw of solar window films is their ability to block exposure to dangerous UV rays.

UV radiation from the sun has been shown to damage the DNA in skin cells, leading to premature aging of the skin, and in extreme cases, skin cancer.  UV rays can also break down the chemicals in furniture and fabric dyes, resulting in fading and discoloration.

High-quality reflective UV blocking (solar) window film can reject up to 99.9% of damaging UV rays, keeping your staff, family or tenants protected.  Solar film also removes glare, leading to eye strain which is a huge issue when working from home.

Additionally, it ensures that any merchandise, floorings, and furnishings will be much more resistant to fading, increasing the longevity of your investments.

What to Consider When Choosing Solar Window Film

When considering having solar film installed, there are three things you should take into consideration:

Exterior and Interior Appearance

There are many different aesthetic options when choosing Solar Control Window Films.  You can choose from dark tints, all the way up to tints that ensure the highest transmission of visible light through your windows.

You can also choose from different materials that provide distinct effects on your building’s interior and exterior.

Level of Protection

It used to be that the darker the tint, the more protection from UV rays you were receiving.  Now, with 3M™ Sun Control Prestige Series Films, you can obtain an extremely high UV defense in a window film that allows plenty of natural light through.

While a darker tint may be what you are looking for, it’s great to have the option of protecting yourself from UV rays if you do not want darkly tinted windows.

Image showing different levels of Prestige solar window film tint, from 29 up to 70

Installation Technique

Having your films professionally installed is a must.  Hiring a long-standing company with a history of high-performance standards like Eastern Solar Glass ensures you will not have bubbling, peeling, or any other type of DIY installation accident.  You also receive a lifetime warranty from the manufacturer of the films, meaning if any material defects should happen to your film, your investment is protected, giving you peace of mind.

Our Pick for the Best Solar Window Film

3M’s Prestige UV Protection films are undoubtedly the best on the market.  These window films are affordable, non-metalized, multilayer optical films that reject up to 97% of the sun’s infrared light and up to 60% of the heat that pours in through your unprotected windows.

woman leaning against doorframe of high street shop that is utilizing solar window film

The fundamental distinction between 3M™ Window Films and other window films is the precise method with which the light waves are controlled as they pass through, or reflect off, hundreds of nanolayers of film.

Compared to other films used for the same purpose, 3M™ Window Films increase performance increases as the sun’s angle in the sky increases.  This technology ensures you are getting maximum protection when you need it the most.

3M™ films are designed with the highest quality materials, making them the best solution to your interior window issues.  Whether for home, business, or institutional purposes, 3M™ Sun Control films deliver results.

3M Window Films lower your utility bills, protect people and furnishings inside the building, and gives you the peace of mind you deserve.

Professional Installation

The Eastern Solar Glass team has been serving the tri-state area with high-quality window film installation services for nearly half a century.  We provide service for residential, commercial, and institutional projects alike.

Eastern Solar Glass aims to provide its customers with the highest level of service, meaning that we will look at your unique situation and suggest films and finishes we know would bring you the outcome you desire.

Suppose you require more than just sun-blocking (solar) window film to protect against UV ray damage.

In that case, window treatments are used in combination, internally and externally, to help improve your level of comfort, solidify your security, renew outdated fixtures, and increase your overall energy efficiency.

To get the highest quality window films, architectural finishes, and installation, contact us for more information or call (856) 767-3442.

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