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SOLAR CONTROL WINDOW FILMS
Solar control films (heat control window film or just plain window tinting) is the most cost-effective building insulation available. Installing window tinting on west and east facing windows should be the first step taken to improve the energy efficiency of a building.
- Improving the energy efficiency of a building will reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool the building which, in turn, will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, the main cause of global warming.
- is "right" for your job (it's stating the obvious but most people get this wrong), and
- will actually perform as claimed (people lie, so insist on a film with 3rd party verified data, like WERS).
Some elementary physics will help you assess whether a film is capable of achieving your objectives.
- Window tinting is designed to block (or reflect) solar energy based on the wavelength of the different types of light. Generally, we want to block some light (eg UltraViolet (UV) and InfraRed (IR) light) while allowing visible light to pass through the film into the room.
- All three types of solar energy (UV, IR and visible light) converts to heat when it strikes an object - yes, visible light will make you hot.
- Heat: The primary function of solar control films is to reduce the heat passing through the glass into the room. The installation of window tinting will reduce the heat entering a room through the windows by between 35% and 80% depending on the film. However, since approximately 50% of the total solar energy reaching earth is in the form of visible light, a film that blocks more than 50% of the heat must also block some visible light. Most people don't choose a film that will achieve maximum heat block because it would make a room feel uncomfortably dark.The "right" film for any particular situation will represent a compromise (or a balance) between maximum heat reduction and an acceptable reduction in visible light.
Film Selection made easy with Heat and Light Balanced Films
- Heat and light balanced films are designed to achieve a particular heat blocked vs visible light blocked outcome to enable customers to make better film choice decisions. What is an acceptable level of lighting in one situation (eg a bedroom - a dark film that will block more heat) may not be acceptable in another situation (eg a living room - where a medium film would provide an acceptable level of heat blocked and not make the room "feel" dark). Heat and light balanced films allow customers to make intelligent film choices and avoid the day-time use of artificial lighting.
- Fading: All window tinting films block approx 99% of the UltraViolet (UV) light which is the main cause of sun damage and fading.
- Glare: Glare is a term used to describle too much visible light - any film that blocks some visible light will also reduce glare.