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Window film: one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy costs

Window films are one of the most cost-effective methods of reducing energy costs, Healthcare construction and operations news reports.

“On commercial buildings, the return on investment was higher using window films than any other methods of retrofit, even replacing the air conditioning,” Darrell Smith explains, the executive director of the International Window Film Association.

Window film is composed of extruded polyester, reports Smith. The polyester has many layers, and with treatment and lamination, they combine to produce the preferred method of technical performance. Window films provide energy savings in the same range as low-e windows but are far more economical. In addition, window films have a lower negative environmental impact than replacing the full window, which involves disposing of the old materials and manufacturing costs for the new ones.

A California-based energy firm’s independent study confirmed the cost-effectiveness of window films as part of an energy reduction strategy. ConSol, an energy consulting firm based out of Stockton, California, listed window film as one of the most cost-effective measures to reduce energy use.

Government agencies are also taking notice of window films. The California Energy Commission recently included window film in the latest energy or building code, effective for 2014. A leader in efficient energy standards, California is the first state in the country to include window films in its building codes.

Cutting energy costs is one of the many benefits of 3M window film. As an authorized window 3M window film leader, Michigan Glass Coatings is able to answer your questions about the installation process. Explore our website, or contact us at 248-364-6667, to learn more about your commercial window film options.

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