Conserve Energy with window films
Heating and cooling is the main root of energy utilization and expenses in our homes nowadays. Research done by The Department of Energy globally shows that as much as about thirty-three percent of the aggregated ways of losing heat in our homes is through openings like windows, doors and other ventilation. The breakthrough of window tinting aims at maintaining high temperatures during cold seasons and inversely maintaining lower temperatures during hot seasons.
Caulking and Weather stripping are some of the best techniques that can be used to seal up doors and window as a cheap upgrade. In the presence of open cracks or damaged seals air passing through will move faster compared to a sealed glass window. Keeping in mind that glass has a feature of not being impermeable in nature. The presence of cracks and holes in our homes is the main reason of high temperatures caused mainly by solar rays, resulting in high expenses on our cooling budget during summer in areas that have hot climatic conditions.
Most window films are made in ways so as to allow light visible to our eyes to pass through while it prevents infrared rays from passing through thus this helps to keep lower temperatures during summer and keeps it hotter during winter. Another technique you can use apart from caulking and weather-stripping is installing window films. This is one of the simplest, cost efficient and highly regarded energy conservation methods for a home. In most cases, one can install the film or coating by themselves without involving an expert. For instance, if you need optimum effectiveness and resourceful quality, it’s always preferable seeking expertise knowledge. In some cases the films are manufactured and are meant to be self-installed by the consumer.
Where to use window films
Window film is not meant to be placed on every window in the home. It’s preferable to put it on the east and west-facing windows since they experience the hot summer solar rays from sunrise to sunset. Also, south-facing windows can be installed with the film too; they also help keep the house warm in the winter season. It also prevents sun heat warmth during the season with low temperatures when the sun is in the southern sky. The north-facing ones almost never require window films.
High-Reflectivity Window Films
Reflective window films have the upper hand in preventing summer heat accumulation. Mirror-like and silver looking due to the metal oxide that makes it hence more applicable compared to transparent or colored films. However they prevent sun heat accumulation in winter, cause blurred vision from the surrounding, enhance demand for artificial lighting, and emit unneeded reflections. This is why we get them more on skyscrapers and huge commercial premises rather than homes, it prevents occupants against sun rays that may result from the height of the windows and also architects prefer the silver look of the resulting appearance. This reflective film are mostly implemented in regions with long hot conditions. These are in various categories from big-box structures to small stores and contractors. They are made for DIY and professional applications in relation to the wanted product.
Tinted Window Films
This is an old technique. It absorbs visible light through the available dye that darkens the window. It also prevents light rays penetrating in, increases the need for artificial lighting and invalidates energy conservations.
Low-Emissivity (Low-E) Films
This has been proven not to be harmful to the environment regarding implementation, low-E films are quickly getting the upper hand in window manufacturing. They will heat you up in the cold seasons and cool you in the hot season and are the solar-blocking chiefs of energy conservative window products.
Low-E films constitute of a unique metallic coating that is almost invisible. They are made in such a way to enable optimum visible ray penetration while preventing unwanted infrared and ultraviolet rays (sources of sun heat accumulation). This is an outstanding property that no other film can do; the low-E films are the best at their job enabling about 80 percent of visible light through and at the same time preventing about 60 percent of UV and infrared light.
Applying the Films
Window films are manufactured in many cases with a mixture of transparent polyester and pigments of a tinting agent. On one end of the film is a hard acrylic lining and on the other end an adhesive where the consumer sticks the film to the inner part of the window. Specifications for installing a film differs from one manufacturer to another. Also, we got those that can only be applied to use by experts.