The solar control window film market is projected to reach over $849 million globally by 2024. Fueling this growth is the increase in construction, both residential and commercial. However, energy costs are expected to rise in the years ahead and people are looking for ways to cut costs in heating and cooling their properties.
Window film has been a popular solution to help control energy costs. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of confusion in the marketplace about window film and some myths about the product have been allowed to linger without being challenged.
Here are just a few of the more popular myths (and truths) about window film:
Window film will cause glass to break
There is a difference between "will cause" and "can cause". The application of window film alone isn't the primary reason a thermal fracture in glass would occur as long as it is was installed to the film manufacturer's recommendation. Film manufacturers provide all professional installers with data that will guide them to the correct film to install based on the glass and type of a window.
Window film will void my window warranty
While this may be true in most cases, many of the top window film manufacturers will offer a limited warranty that covers glass and film replacement if breakage occurs. Warranties are only valid if the window carries an existing warranty. If the window is out of warranty, then only the film is covered by the vendor and the manufacturer.
Window film only works in the summer or in warm climates
Window film is a year-round product that serves as an insulator on glass. Windows in a home or business usually account for 25% of its annual heating and cooling costs. The way window film improves the energy efficiency of windows across the changing seasons and different climates is by slowing down the transfer of energy in and out the windows. This will lead to less loadtime and runtime on HVAC systems, giving you the property owner longer life of your system and lower utility costs.
Window film will make my windows too dark
Window film is available in a wide variety of shades. Generally, the darker the film, the more heat and glare will be reflected away from the property. Some films are very light and nearly invisible to the naked eye. With the help of a professional window film company you can select a film that best meets your needs. Your windows don't have to be too dark, unless you want them to be.
There is no need for window film to guard against harmful UV rays because you have Low-E glass
Depending on the type of window you have, some glass can provide up to 25% UV reduction on up to 40% or even 75%! Not all glass is alike, but with a properly selected window film applied to your glass you can be assured your windows can guard up to 99% of harmful UV rays that are the leading cause of fading in hardwood floors, carpet, furniture, and walls.
If you are looking for ways to make your property more comfortable, save energy, and protect your valuables from fading, look no further than window film as a solution to upgrade your existing windows. A window film installation company like Meridian Window Tint can consult with you about what you film will best meet your needs for your property. Whether it is to reduce heat or glare or to block harmful UV rays, professionally installed window film is a smart investment for your property.
Tuesday, January 10th is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. This is a day that encourages folks to find ways to reduce their energy costs and save on their energy bills. To celebrate, here are some energy saving tips you can apply around your property.
Schedule an appointment to get your heating system and air conditioner tuned-up and maintained.
A tune-up and maintenance check on your heating and cooling system can save you up to three to ten percent on your energy bill. In some instances, your home's furnace or air conditioner may have outlived its usefulness and has become inefficient. At that point, you may need to consider replacing these systems with more energy-efficient units.
Weatherproof your home by making your windows more energy efficient.
There are plenty of options for weatherproofing your windows detailed in this article ranging from applying calk and weatherstripping on up to having window film professionally installed. You may need to go as far as replacing old window units that are drafty with newer, more energy-efficient windows. However, if your windows are in good condition, you may have more less expensive options to choose from before needing to invest in new replacement windows.
Consider solar options to offset your electrical consumption and use solar heat if at all possible.
Leveraging solar energy is becoming more of an option with advancements in solar technology for the home.
Other quick and easy options to save energy include:
Turn down thermostats or install a programmable thermostat
Turning off lights when leaving rooms
Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
Lower your water heater temperature
Take shorter showers
Unplug unused appliances
Carpool whenever possible, or look to ride-sharing programs such as Uber or Lyft
The little things you do add up and can save you money on your energy bill.
The above listed are just a few suggestions on the many ways to conserve energy. Choose the ones that work best for you and your family. By using these tips and others you may already have in practice, you'll begin to notice a change in your energy bill and wallet!
Do you remember the last time you cleaned your home's windows? Some folks make sure their windows are routinely clean as part of their regular house maintenance while others hardly give it much thought.
As the owner of a window tinting company, on occasion I have had some people tell me it is pointless to clean windows because they just get dirty again. For fun, sometimes I ask them if they own a car and most respond by saying, "Yes, of course I do." I then ask if they wash it. Their answer is usually something along the lines of, "I sure do! I paid a lot of money for it and I want to keep it looking nice." Once they say that, most people come around to my way of thinking when it comes to cleaning the windows around their home.
I don't challenge their assumptions about window cleaning to shame or ridicule them, but I ask those pointed questions about whether they are a car owner or not to demonstrate something important: The windows around your home are an investment and should be cared for as such.
There are a number of reasons why routine window cleaning around your home is important. The first, and obvious reason, is very clear.
Get a Better View
Clean windows will improve the clarity of your glass, let more light into your rooms, and provide an overall more satisfying state to your home environment. Some customers have even told us that once they get their windows cleaned it really boosts their spirits. If you entertain guests in your home, it leaves them with a positive impression. More importantly, if you have ever sold a home you know that a property with clean window film has a much better chance to sell at a higher price than a property with the same features but dirty windows.
The Structure of Glass Demands Greater Care
Believe it or not, glass is porous and collects dirt over time. This collection of dirt can cause glass degradation, loss of transparency, and become spotted with stains - both organic and inorganic if not cleaned on a regular basis. The elements in the environment are the primary enemy of your glass and can be attacked by the following contaminates:
Hard water stains and calcification
Oxidation from metal screens
Etching from acid rain
Over spray from paint, calk, or mortar
Regular window cleaning prevents build-up from from these and many more harmful contaminates and can help prolong the life of your glass.
Your Home's Energy Efficiency Depends on It
It may come as a surprise to you, but dirty windows can effect your home's energy efficiency, especially if you have insulated dual pane windows. Clean windows perform better by keeping cold air out during the winter and warm air out during the summer. By cleaning windows on a regular basis you will allow them to function as they were designed.
Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro?
So, now we come to the big question - should you clean your windows yourself or should you hire a professional window cleaner?
There is certainly nothing wrong with cleaning windows on your own, but consider the following before adding window cleaning to your list of household chores:
What is your time worth? Would you prefer to spend your time cleaning windows or would you like to do something else instead?
How comfortable are you working on ladders?
Do you have all the necessary tools to properly clean your windows and get them cleaned to your satisfaction?
Hiring a professional may offer more advantages to you, the homeowner. More importantly, a window cleaning professional can save you time and even spot general problems related to windows, such as hard water stains or broken screens, that they can either fix by them or they can recommend other professionals you can call on to help.
How Often Should You Get Your Windows Cleaned?
Finally, we get to the all important question - How often should I clean my windows? The answer to that question is determined by two things. First, your personal preference and second, where you live.
If you are a person that enjoys the look and feel of clean windows around your home, you may want to consider getting them cleaned twice a year (spring and fall) or have them cleaned on a quarterly basis (every three months).
The area where you live will also play a role on how often you may want to have your windows cleaned. In areas where you have frequent rains and some pollutants in the air, you may want to consider more frequent cleanings. In dry, more balanced environmental conditions, you may want consider fewer cleanings.