There are many benefits to having large amounts of natural light in a home or building. It makes the space feel airier and more vibrant and the views from inside are often one of the most appealing features of a particular location. Plus natural light can also have positive effects on one’s mood and overall health.
However, during the winter months, heat escaping through glass means heating systems run more than needed. In the summer it means increased energy usage as air conditioners are turned on to combat the heat. Using all this excess energy not only harms the environment but also ends up costing more money in the long run. The damaging effects of natural sunlight also impact furnishings and decor, causing fading and shortening the lifespan of these items.
Depending on the time of year, you may find yourself wishing for a way to keep the heat out, or the heat in, without sacrificing natural light and views. Luckily, heat control window film – or solar window film – provides an excellent solution. With modern window films, you can enjoy all the benefits of natural light while still blocking out harmful UV rays and keeping the interior temperature more consistent and stable. It is a great way to not sacrifice energy efficiency.
How Heat Control Window Films Work
During the summer months, heat control window film insulates windows against excessive heat, passing through a window and consequently heating up the interior space. They reject up to 78% of the sun’s heat coming through windows and doors while also blocking up to 99% of harmful UV rays. This is a positive impact on the health and well-being of occupants, as well as helps protect furnishing and decor again fading and other damage. In addition, heat control window film also reduces the uncomfortable glare that often occurs as the sun moves throughout the day.
On the flip side, heat control window film insulates windows against excessive cold by reflecting and dispersing heat back into the room. This reduces cold spots that often develop near windows and improves interior comfort overall.
Whether during hot or cold weather months, the dependence on heating or cooling systems is reduced when heat control window film is in place, meaning less energy consumption overall. This is significant as 30% of all energy used to heat and cool homes in the US goes right out the window. Both our planet and wallets will benefit from this reduction. The impact is similar to updating single-pane windows to double-pane, or even double-pane windows to triple-pane.
Another benefit of heat control window film is the convenience and speed of installation. The film is custom cut to the specific size of each window and door, and window film application has minimal disruption to a home or building. Plus by not replacing windows, doors, and frames, the planet once again benefits as these items do not end up going into landfills.
Window film is also very economical, easy on the budget, and a great investment. Compared to the cost of replacement windows, window film is generally significantly less. Plus all 3M heat control and solar window films come with a multi-year warranty, depending upon the exact window film that is purchased.