4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Installing Window Films

Solution helps control campus energy consumption.

In addition to improving safety and security, some of today’s window films can help campuses control energy costs. School, university or hospital officials who are considering the installation with energy conservation benefits may still have some common misconceptions about window film, borne out of the same perception of the poor quality films of the 1970s.

Here are four realities you should keep in mind when considering whether window film is a good fit for your facility:

  1. It can save your campus money: It’s important to be realistic about the actual savings behind window film, but in many cases it can offer a quick return on investment for campuses. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that one-third of a building’s cooling load is from solar heat gain through windows, and nearly 75% of existing windows are not energy efficient. Window film can block up to 75% of solar heat gain.
  2. It’s durable: Some window film providers offer a warranty of up to 15 years for commercial installations. Some residential and automotive window film applications come with a warranty that lasts as long as you own the house or car.
  3. It’s cost effective for what it does: According to the International Window Film Association, window film is the most cost-effective energy saving choice when used in retrofit applications on homes and buildings. It can yield up to a 70% return on investment for commercial structures. In addition, the installation of window film can qualify for energy-efficient home improvement tax credits, and some public utilities offer rebates for its installation. Not only is the film beneficial for the property, it can also help block over 99% of UV rays that damage furniture, carpets, woodwork and occupying tenants.
  4. You can quantify the effectiveness: Using building energy modeling tools, which take into account multiple factors such as the type of building and historical energy consumption data, we can predict with a high degree of confidence how much electricity a building will save with window films. We can also project how quickly the building owner will recoup their investment. Many films pay for themselves in savings within five years of application.

Jeffrey R. Plummer is senior vice president of sales and marketing at Madico Window Films, which develops, manufactures and markets technologically advanced laminates.

Photo courtesy Madico Window Films

 

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