The winter is here, and it is very chilly outside. With all the cold and snow, heating bills in Colorado homes in Denver and all around the front range are soaring. With summer still months away, many homeowners are looking for ways to cut back on energy-relating expenses. One of the best ways to do this is with energy-saving window films. But what are they, and how do they work? We will cover this below!
What is Energy-Saving Window Film?
Looking to save energy? Window films are an ideal solution! These thin, transparent layers of film can be applied directly onto the surface of windows. This helps reduce the amount of heat transfer so you don’t have to use as much energy when heating or cooling your building. With window films, you’ll save time and money while still maintaining a comfortable environment at home.
These films work by reflecting or absorbing a portion of the sun’s radiant heat before it enters the building, thereby reducing the amount of heat that enters the interior. This leads to a reduction in the need for air conditioning and heating, resulting in lower energy bills and a more comfortable living environment.
Are Energy-Saving Window Films the Same as Window Tints?
Window tints and energy-saving window films are not synonymous. Window tints provide a touch of beauty to your windows with their colour or design, while also offering an element of privacy; however, they are not specifically designed to save energy. Despite this, they can still create some minor savings when it comes to heating costs.
In contrast, energy-saving window films are engineered to reduce heat traveling through the glass which then boosts a building’s efficiency and reduces monthly power bills. These unique materials come in all shades and textures, but their purpose is centered on optimizing your workplace or home’s energy performance.
The Science Behind Energy-Saving Window Film
By minimizing the amount of heat transfer that occurs through a window, energy-saving window film provides an effective way to reduce your home’s carbon footprint. The magic behind this lies in thermodynamics and radiant heat transfer science.
Windows allow heat to permeate in two ways: conduction and radiation. In the first, temperature differences cause heat to directly pass through glass while infrared rays are responsible for the second form of transfer. But with energy-saving window films, this process is inhibited – leading to a decreased requirement for heating that subsequently lowers your monthly utility bills!
What are Energy Saving Window Films Made of?
To reduce the amount of heat entering a building, many energy-saving window films are manufactured using multi-layer films that contain highly reflective or absorbing materials. Such technologies rely on either reflectivity from coatings and metallic particles to bounce off solar rays, or specialized absorbents to soak up the warmth before it can penetrate inside. By decreasing thermal transference through windows, these excellent solutions bring about remarkable improvements in energy efficiency!
The ROI of Energy-Saving Window Film
Investing in energy-saving window film can yield a great return on investment, with the cost of the film usually being recouped within two to three years through reduced energy costs. Numerous factors need to be considered when calculating ROI — such as the price of the window film, how much it will save you on your energy bills, and other specific benefits that are associated with this type of product — but one thing remains clear: by investing in these films you’ll see an immediate reduction in your monthly utility payments!
Energy-Saving Window Film Installation in Colorado
Take advantage of our free consultation today and learn how you can save energy with window film. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details on products or installation – we are delighted to visit your Colorado location and discuss the cost-saving benefits of using energy-efficient films!
About The Author: Mike Kinsey
Mike is the operations manager for Colorado Commercial Window Tinting, the largest commercial window film company in the state of Colorado. Mike has been working in the tinting for over 15 years and has installed over a combined 250,000 square feet of window film for hotels, restaurants, retail stores, offices, and commercial properties all throughout the Denver, Boulder, Ft Collins, and Colorado Springs metro areas. Mike's extensive product knowledge, construction experience, and project management skills make him an expert in his field. In addition to overseeing all installs, Mike also is in charge of sales and customer relations for the Colorado office. He is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.
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