November 10, 2018

Window Film: A Low-Cost Way to Get Energy Efficient Windows

If installing new energy-efficient windows isn?t in your budget, a low-emissivity window film is a smart alternative.

Also known as low-E film, the self-adhesive coating creates a solid bond with the glass surface, which works to control heat transfer. High-performance windows have low-emissivity coatings applied during the manufacturing process for superior performance ? and applying a low-E window film can provide similar benefits at a lower cost.

Retain Heat in the Winter

Windows account for a significant percentage of energy loss during the winter. By adding a low-emissivity film, less heat will escape from your home.

The reflective coating keeps rooms warmer, so you won?t have to crank up the thermostat when the outside temperature drops. And wouldn?t you rather heat the inside of your home efficiently instead of losing warmth to the great outdoors?

Reflect Heat in the Summer

Keeping warmth inside is a great benefit in the cold winter months, but in the summer that?s not what you want at all. Fortunately, low-E film offers year-round energy efficiency.

With low-emissivity film, sunlight will shine through your windows, but the solar heat will stay outside where it belongs. Your home will stay naturally cooler, and your family will be more comfortable on hot days.

Lower Your Utility Costs

By retaining heat during the winter and reflecting heat in the summertime, low-E window film reduces the load on your HVAC system. Your home will remain at a consistently comfortable temperature with less use of your heating and air conditioning.

When you don?t have to turn up the heat or run the air conditioner as often, your utility costs will go down. What?s not to like about that?

Is Window Film Right for You?

A range of low-emissivity films are available, each of which provides an affordable alternative to installing new energy-efficient windows. And contrary to what you might think, the coating doesn?t necessarily block natural light from passing through the glass. Though some low-E films have a tint, other options offer crystal clear views.

Regardless of the type of low-E window film you choose, you?ll make your home more energy-efficient ? and the cost will be a fraction of the price of replacement windows. What?s more, films pay for themselves within a few years and can last up to 15 years with no peeling.


When you?re ready to explore your window film options, turn to GreenHome Specialties. We specialize in energy efficiency improvements and can help you find the right film for your northern Utah, southern Idaho or Wyoming home.

GreenHome Specialties offers free, no-obligation energy audits to homeowners ? and we?re happy to share tips on how to make a household more energy-efficient. To schedule a home energy audit and score expert advice on low-emissivity window film, contact our Provo or Layton, Utah, office today.

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