If there is anything that colder-than-average winters and hotter-than-normal summers have in common it is window films. There are a number of window films on the market made precisely for weatherizing purposes: to help cool in the summer and insulate in the winter. Yet, according to a survey conducted by the International Window Film Association (IWFA), almost 50 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 and above are unaware of these uses of window film.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), cooling and heating accounts for more than half of the energy use in typical U.S. home, with most consumers spending an average of $1500 to $2500 every year on energy bills. The DOE also reported that around 40 percent of unwanted heat and cold air that builds up in a home comes in through the windows.
Window film has been proven to be one of the most cost-effective methods of reducing solar heat gain and adding insulation without reducing natural light. However, the IWFA states that 53 percent of Americans are unaware that window film does allow natural light to enter a home, while still increasing energy savings and interior comfort. Window film comes in a variety of tints, many of which cannot be noticed when applied.
Additionally, window film can reduce harsh glare from the sun and prevent UV rays from entering through glass. This not only protects the skin and eyes from health risks, but also increases the life of furnishings, artwork and other decor that might otherwise experience fading due to constant exposure to the sun.
If you would like to learn more about the various benefits window films provide consumers, contact Michigan Glass Coatings today. We have a large stock of solar protective and insulating residential window film to choose from.