Did you know that a typical home consists of 15% glass? This matters because glass is a very poor insulator. Therefore, the average home is wasting $63 per month on energy costs, or $760 each year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The only obvious solution is to purchase a home with few windows, but modern homes aren’t built this way, nor are they preferred by today’s buyers. Instead, it’s large windows that are favorable because they bring in more sunlight and make homes appear open and spacious.
How, then, can homeowners enjoy their modern, well-lit homes while also saving on cooling costs in the summer?
What to Expect from Solar Film
You’ve probably heard plenty about installing attic insulation, weather stripping and double glazed windows. The problem is that these projects require time, labor and money, things that most American households are short on. One option that hasn’t received as much attention is solar window film.
Window film is applied to the inside of the windows with the intention of rejecting solar heat gain, blocking UV rays and reducing fading. Also, it can save as much as 50% on your home’s cooling costs! It’s important to do your research before buying a product, as different films have different specifications. The most efficient films on the market reject nearly 80% of the sun’s solar energy and block 99% of UV rays.
You’ll be happy to know that solar film is also much easier to install than other options. The film is installed by trained professionals, so you don’t have to lift a finger. Professional installation also ensures that the film will look seamless – no bubbles or peeling! No special maintenance is needed, and you can enjoy your windows the way they were meant to be enjoyed.
How Much Can I Save?
Generally speaking, solar film offers more energy savings for single pane windows, but they still reject heat on double glazed windows as well. Single pane windows see average savings of 37%, while double glazed windows can be as much as 20%. Studies have shown that window film used on older homes in warm climates benefit the most.
If you are looking for an immediate improvement in your home’s energy consumption, look no further than solar film. You’ll see money savings right off the bat in addition to added privacy, reduced fading and virtually no UV rays entering the home.