Installing low-emissivity window film is one of the easiest and most effective ways to save money on cooling costs.
Low-e film offers year-round savings of up to 10 percent of your total energy bill, and it can cut your cooling costs by as much as 30 percent. This means that in just a few years ? or less — the product pays for itself. Here, we explain how low-emissivity window film works to save you money.
Window Film Reflects Heat
Sunlight shining through your windows can create excessive heat. After installing film, your home will be much cooler ? and contrary to what many people think, not all films add a tint to the glass.
Low-e film reflects up to 97 percent of the sun?s heat-producing infrared light, keeping it from warming up your home. But, visible sunlight can still shine through the windows to brighten up the space.
Window Film Preserves Your Air Conditioner
When you install low-emissivity film, your home will be naturally cooler. As a result, you will become less reliant on your air conditioner ? and as you use it less often, you will see a drop in your cooling costs.
Furthermore, because your air conditioner will not be working as hard, you will save on maintenance costs from wear and tear. The components will remain in good working order for longer, extending the lifespan of your air conditioning system.
Window Film Offers Sun Damage Protection
Along with infrared light, low-e film blocks up to 99 percent of the sun?s harmful ultraviolet rays from shining through ? essentially, it acts as sunscreen for your windows.
UVA rays and UVB rays entering your home are a primary cause of fading in flooring, drapes and furniture. By installing film, you will shield your valuable belongings from sun damage, keeping you from having to spend money on new furnishings.
Tips for Lowering Your Cooling Costs More
Adding low-emissivity film to your windows is a smart way to reduce your cooling costs. If you want to see your monthly energy bills fall even lower, however, you may want to consider taking the following steps to boost your household efficiency:
- Install a programmable or smart thermostat
- Improve the insulation in your home
- Clean and seal your air ducts
- Weatherize your home by sealing air leaks
- Purchase an Energy Star certified air conditioner
To determine which projects offer you the greatest savings, schedule a home energy audit. Some professionals ? including GreenHome Specialties ? offer the service at no cost.
If you live in northern Utah, southern Idaho or Wyoming, the Certified Energy Analysts at GreenHome Specialties can perform a household performance assessment and recommend practical, cost-effective improvements that can make your home more efficient and save you money.
Are you ready to enjoy greater home comfort and lower cooling costs? If you are interested in installing low-emissivity window film, contact our Provo or Layton, Utah, office and schedule a free home energy audit today.