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Energy Saving Window Film - Let the Light In

Jul 16, 2008
Everyone wants a home that is bright and cheery and filled with light. Not only is natural light healthier for your body and energy system than artificial light but it also cuts down on the energy costs of using more artificial lights in the home.

Having lots of windows to let in the natural light also gives the feeling of bringing the outdoors in and can help give the sense of more space by visually extending the room.

However, one of the downsides to having lots of natural sunlight is the amount of heat generated by the sunlight. Sunlight absorbed into your windows makes up to 40% of your summer energy costs.

Not only does sunlight heat up the room but the UV rays can alter the color and cause fading of expensive curtains, furniture, carpeting and hardwood floors. Also UV rays coming throught the window can be absorbed through the skin while indoors.

All of this might cause you to just forego the beautiful views from outside and draw the drapes and run the air conditioner to keep the heat down leaving you with a dark dreary house in the end.

There is another solution: Energy saving window film! Energy saving window film is a thin, transparent sheet that can be applied to the interior of a window to change its heat and light transmitting characteristics. With easy to apply, invisible insulating window film, you can block harsh rays and still enjoy daylight and the scenery.

Energy saving window film is a non-reflective, non-tinted film that fits all single-pane windows and is applied without adhesive. This is an easy do it yourself project that doesn't require a specialized installer.

The sun-blocking and insulation properties of window film can mean substantial savings on your energy costs. Depending on the type and brand of window film, they can block between 65% to around 80% of solar heat coming into the home through a window in the summertime and help reduce winter heat loss by keeping between 35% to 40% of the heat inside the home during the winter time.

Another added benefit is that insulating window films also block between 98 - 99% of UV rays that can fade carpets, drapes, furniture and wood floors. Non-reflective, non-tinted film also has the side benefits of glare reduction, increased shatter resistance, and absorption of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Temperatures near the windows are reduced as well, which increases occupant comfort.

This is a cheaper quick fix solution than replacing all the windows in your home with energy efficient windows if you can't afford to do that at the moment. So enjoy your bright cheery home now and let the light in.
About the Author
Rebecca Noel is a licensed real estate agent and real estate investor. Remodeling houses and home improvement diy are her area of interest. Find out insider information that will save you $1000's on materials and help you get your remodeling projects done weeks faster at Remodeling Recon.
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