How Heat Control Window Film can Help You Survive Summer
If you find your electric bill skyrockets during the summer from running the A/C all day, try using heat control window film on your windows! Some of the most beautiful homes, buildings and spaces often have several windows or even a window wall that adds a gorgeous and sophisticated look to the space. Windows bring desired natural light and allow a space to breathe, lightening mood and productivity. However, during the summer months, you might develop a hate/love relationship with your widows. Summertime means longer days, more sun exposure, and the hottest temperatures we’ve seen all year. When you come inside to cool down, your windows still let in ultraviolet rays, defeating the purpose.
Windows are a beautiful way to brighten up a space and connect us to the outside world. However, they can be the culprit of increased heat and harmful ultraviolet rays. Here are three ways you can benefit from heat control window film on your windows:
- Save Money on Electricity
- Decrease Furniture Fade with Heat Control Film
- Reduce Glare, Increase Productivity
Save Money on Electricity
Whether it’s at home or at work, we all have our preferred thermostat temperature. Studies show that men prefer colder temperatures than women—a family-feud causing debate as old as time. Some workplaces purposely keep offices cold to encourage productivity. For example, Mark Zuckerberg keeps his building at 60 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent “cyber-loafing,” making people so cold they have no choice but to work hard.
Whatever your preferred temperature, keeping your space cool during the summer takes a toll on your electricity bill. Studies show that 40% of a home utility bill goes to heating and cooling. However, there are several energy efficient ways to upgrade your building and reduce those costs.
Warm air can seep in through leaks or spaces in floors, door frames, walls, ceilings, windows, and fireplaces. You can seal these leaks with caulk, spray foam or weather stripping. Adding insulation to your building will also significantly keep the inside of it at a more consistent temperature.
Besides these fixes, another easy way to save money on electricity is to use heat control window film. Your windows are an access point for UV rays to stream through and heat your space. Placing this film on your windows can reject up to 79% of the sun’s heat, saving you up to 30% on your A/C bill. Additionally, window film will drastically reduce uncomfortable hotspots throughout your space caused by the sun.
Decrease Furniture Fade with Heat Control Window Film
Besides running up your electricity bill, the sun also causes harmful fading to carpets, furniture, wood, and more colored items in your space. This fading of color is caused by a process called photodegradation—it happens when an object is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays consistently for long periods of time. Even on a rainy day this process will occur when something is exposed to light overtime.
There are several ways to avoid fading in your home or office furniture. Firstly, there are wood varnishes, sealants and fabric protector sprays you can use to protect the item. However, these will not completely eliminate the problem, and require regular maintenance. Curtains and blinds are another great way to block the UV rays streaming in from your windows. However, if you’re going for that all-natural look this might not be worth the investment.
Heat control window film is a perfect solution for the summer months as the sun is blazing in for more hours than usual. Designed to reduce fading from the sun, the film allows you to preserve your investment in home furnishings, paintings, rugs, pictures, wallpaper, fabric or wood floorings. The famous Wayne Newton used 3M™ Window Films in his Casa de Shenandoah, containing precious memorabilia that could not run the risk of fading. The film installation is a one-and-done process that doesn’t require regular upkeep, and can be installed by professionals in a day.
Reduce Glare, Increase Productivity
Not everyone wants to turn their living rooms into a dark cave just to see their TV screen. The same goes for when you’re at the office working at your computer. While some creative jobs like film, production and photography require a completely dark room to visualize the scene, not everyone enjoys working in darkness just to avoid a glare.
Research suggests that the amount of light in a space affects the way we think, and can have consequences on the brain overtime. Considering that white collar professionals spend 90% of their time indoors, having some kind of access to the outside world is a necessity. Not to mention, how does one stay awake in a dark room all day anyways?
While brighter rooms are preferred for productivity, the glare and heat coming in is distracting. That’s why heat control window film is a great option to increase productivity and overall comfort. While the film blocks a significant amount of UV rays, it still allows the natural light you love to fill the space, leaving the appearance of your space unchanged.
Solar X 3M™ Sun Control Window Films
At Solar X we offer both residential and commercial window films in different grades to choose from. We use 3M™ products that provide the best window protection for our customers on the market. We’ve been providing high quality window film solutions to homeowners and businesses since 1973.
No matter how small or complex, we have the resources, expertise, and experience to tackle any window film project. 3M™ Window Films are backed by a limited-lifetime warranty. It is one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. Should you have any problems with your 3M™ window film, Solar X will help you get it resolved.
Contact us to get window film installed to your home, office building or any other structure.