If you’ve made the decision to install solar window film on your windows at home or work, good for you! You are taking the necessary steps to protect your home and family from harmful ultraviolet rays and solving problems like glare, heat, fading and privacy. As you shop around, you’ll notice that there are many types of solar film on the market. It’s best to assess your needs first and then find a window film that matches these needs.
When you work with a solar window film installer such as Arizona Solar Control, you’ll have an extensive selection of products to choose from, plus advice from the pros. All of our solar window films are installed by experienced pros and carry factory lifetime warranties.
Let’s take a look at some of the factors that can be used to compare window film.
Total Solar Energy Rejection
Total solar energy rejection refers to the film’s ability to keep infrared heat, UV rays and visible light from entering the home or workplace. The higher the number, the more comfortable the room will be. On average, you can expect that solar films from Arizona Solar Control will reject up to 78% of the sun’s solar energy.
Light transmission measures how light or dark the film is. The lower the number, the darker the film. Films with 49% light transmission offer an excellent balance of glare reduction and visibility. Arizona Solar Control also carries spectrally selective window film that rejects almost all UV light while transmitting most of the sun’s visible light.
Visible Light Reflectance
Visible light reflectance measures the percentage of visible light that is reflected by the window film. The higher the number, the shinier the appearance.
UV rejection refers to the amount of UVA and UVB rays the film blocks when it’s applied to the glass. UV rays can penetrate through glass, causing furniture, flooring, draperies and other belongings to fade. They can also impact the skin, which is of concern for those who spend a lot of time near a window.
The shading coefficient measures the net benefits of a window treatment to reduce heat gain. However, window standards are now moving toward the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. To determine this number, the SC value is multiplied by 0.87.
Have questions about which solar film is right for you? Contact Arizona Solar Control for friendly advice or request a free quote today!