Reduce your carbon foot print and save money with window film - Home - DIY

Reduce your carbon foot print and save money with window film   by Paul Foster

in Home / DIY    (submitted 2009-11-03)

There are two types of film you can install to help save energy; solar window film (stops solar heat coming into the building) and Low-E or low emissivity window film (stops solar heat coming in and winter heat loss).

Save money and energy on winter heating bills and summer air conditioning bills

A low-e film (or low emissivity film) will stop solar heat coming in and winter heat loss, it is designed with a solar coating that stops over 80% of solar heat coming into the property, reducing the strain on the air conditioning unit and increasing the ambiance of the property. The film also has a low-e coating which stops the heat leaving the building. Solar heat comes in on infra red rays and when it hits a table, the floor or any part of the furniture it turns into medium wave rays. The low-e coating stops this medium wave heat from passing though, which can reduce winter heat loss by 33%. This will help to lower you winter heating bills as well as reducing your summer air conditioning bills.

Reduce the stress on your air conditioning unit as well as helping the enviroment and saving money

A solar film is deigned to stop infra red rays, which is the part of the solar spectrum that carries the heat. Spectrally selective solar films are available in a clear un-tinted format such as Coolclear which is virtually clear to the eye and stops 70% of solar heat. Other tinted films such as reflective window film will stop over 80% of solar heat as well as stopping glare from the sun. If you install this it can help ease the use of air conditioning units helping to save energy.