Keeping heat out during the summer is a constant battle for any property owner. Buildings today just are made like they used to be. They lack the thick, insulating components that help keep heat in its place. So when summer hits, we’re left to choose between a hot, uncomfortable environment that leads to sweating and irritability or being strapped for cash from cranking up the air conditioning.
Most of the time, this increase in solar heat gain is caused by lack of window insulation. Fortunately, this is a relatively easy problem to fix. There are many things you can add to your windows to keep the heat out, including traditional blinds, curtains, and window film. But which is the best option for getting results?
In this article, we’ll take a further look at each of these options and discuss their pros and cons.
How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Windows
Most windows today are made from vinyl frames and single pane glass. On their own, they’re not powerful enough to battle the intensity of the summer sun. But there are a few different things you can put on your windows to make them more energy efficient. Some of the most popular options include blinds, curtains, and window film.
Pros and Cons of Blinds
Installing blinds is a great way to keep the heat out of your home or building. You will feel a significant difference in temperature by blocking the sun this way. Blinds can also be very stylish and come in a number of different colors and materials. However, the downside of this option is that it blocks all light, which can make your home or building dark inside.
Pros and Cons of Curtains
Like blinds, curtains are another stylish addition you can make to your windows to block heat. However, unless you get an insulated curtain, they may not be powerful enough to keep your space cool during the summer. And like blinds, curtains also block out all light. So you can say goodbye to your views of the outdoors and all forms of natural lighting.
Pros and Cons of Window Film
Another way to improve the energy efficiency of single pane windows is to install sun control window film. Window film blocks up to 80% of infrared heat and 99.9% of uv rays while allowing high levels of visible light transmission. That means that heat stays out but light travels freely through the film, keeping the room cool but bright. It’s definitely one of the most effective ways to block heat, but it will have a larger investment cost. However, in just three to five years, you may save enough to get your full investment back.
More About Window Film & How It Works
If you don’t mind investing a little bit more money to get better results, window film could be a great option for you. Window films last from 10-20 years, and it only takes a few years to get a full ROI. Here’s a little bit more information about how this solution works and what to expect.
Solar Control Technology
Window films use various forms of solar control technology to block out heat. Some films are made of thin micro layers of polyester that contain light-reflecting prisms. Other films use tiny pieces of metal or ceramic to cast off heat. In this manner, the film blocks wavelengths that cause heat without blocking the natural light we see with our eyes.
The best way to install window film for your home or office is to contact a local tinting contractor in your area. They’ll help you find the right product for your windows based on your needs and aesthetic preferences. This is usually conducted through the process of a consultation. Then, your contractor will schedule a day and time for the install that works well with your schedule.
Upgrade Your Windows & Save
There are many different ways that you can improve the energy efficiency of your windows, but by far the most effective option is window film. With window film, you can get a full ROI in 3-5 years and significantly improve the comfort of your home or office. For more information on how you can get started, please contact our office.