First, let’s first review the best features of Window Film.…
- SAVES MONEY – a cooler home is cheaper to air condition
- HEALTH BENEFITS – home occupants are protected against harmful UV rays
- EASY INSTALL – quick and easy to adhere to windows
Now lets review these three Window Film products:
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How does Window Film work?
The same technology that is being used in windows in commercial buildings to make them more energy efficient is available to homeowners. If you are in the market to replace the windows in your home, you will discover that windows come in a variety of coatings and treatments to filter out the UV and infrared components of the sunlight.
But how does it all work? In order to answer this question, we need to first understand a little about visible light, ultraviolet and infrared radiation and how it all works together.
What makes Window Film Green?
Aside from making homes more attractive and comfortable to live in, window film saves money on utility bills and reduces carbon footprints. It is estimated that nearly 41% of all the energy costs associated with a home is due to heating and cooling. The sun is responsible for as much as 40% of the thermal load on a home. Reflective window film significantly reduces the heat gained from sunlight in a home and, therefore, also its associated cooling costs.
Using reflective window film on windows not only keeps costs down, but also keeps waste out of the landfill. Because window film helps to make existing windows more energy efficient, it, therefore, offers an alternative to replacing windows. In this way, window film can cut the cost of making a home more energy efficient while helping the environment at the same time.
A typical reflective window film, when properly installed, can last ten years or more.
Lets dig deeper with Window Film FAQs
How is window film cleaned
Window film is cleaned using the same products you would use to clean glass. It is best to use non-abrasive cleaners, even though, many films are scratch resistant.
Is it hard to maintain window film?
Window film does not need any special maintenance. It can be cleaned in the same way as regular glass is cleaned. However, care should be taken not to use any abrasive cleaning products on window film.
Is window film a replacement for energy efficient windows?
If you are not in a position to replace the windows in your home, a more inexpensive solution is to use window film. Window film is sold in many stores and comes in small rolls that can cover one or two windows. Window film is relatively inexpensive, reasonably easy to install, helps block the sun’s heat during the summer, and keeps heat inside during the winter. As a result, not only will you be helping the environment, you will also be lowering your heating and cooling bills.
Can you install window film yourself?
Window film relatively easy to install. The only tools you need are a measuring tape, a straight edge, a utility knife and a plastic card like an old credit card. With a small investment and a little bit of elbow grease, you can enjoy the benefits of high-quality energy efficient windows. However, the best results are usually achieved by having a professional do the job.
Window Film Tips and Tricks.
Get your installation temperature and timing right.
Window film should only be applied to window panes that have been in the temperature range of 40 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit for three to four days continuously. Don’t attempt the installation if the glass temperature is hotter or colder.
Watch what you are applying window film to.
Only apply window film to real glass. Never apply it to plastic or Plexiglas. Also, make sure that the surfaces are not etched, frosted or contain any cracks, scratches or holes. Finally, only apply the film to the inside of the window.
Use some help.
You have to make sure that you prevent creases in the window film. The bigger the window size, the more difficult this will be for you unless you get a helping hand. So, get help, do it once, and do it right.
So there you have it…….. Can you see how Window Film can make the world a little greener? If so, I hope that you will choose one of these products
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