Inefficient windows are one of the main sources of wasted energy in buildings. Twenty-five to 35 percent of wasted energy is due to inefficient solutions, reports the U.S. Department of Energy. Moreover, the California Energy Commission approximates that almost half of the average building's cooling requirements exist in light of solar heat gain through windows.
Given the important role that windows play in efficient energy use, it is critical to make the right choice. Steve DeBusk, in an article for Buildings.com, highlights the chief factors customers should consider when selecting window solutions. These include payback and ROI, along with initial cost, installation process and the solution's effect on outdoor views.
A few factors to keep in mind:
- If the payback period is quick, the solution may be a good option for your facility.
- Upfront costs should weigh heavily for commercial property managers.
- Consider the installation process, including the amount of time it takes and the maintenance required.
- Decide whether preserving outdoor views is important to you and your occupants.
DeBusk evaluates the performance of window films. In terms of net savings and ROI, they perform exceptionally well, with the ROI for the average reflective window film being 2 to 5 years. The installation process for window films is also quick, and only requires workers to be away from the space for a few minutes. Upkeep is similarly easy, as a simple solution of equal parts water and ammonium works well.
If you are interested in learning more about window films, contact Michigan Glass Coatings. We are a 3M authorized window film dealer, and we will work with you to find the right solutions for your needs.