Reduce Solar Heat with Window Film
Posted Apr 27th 2014 | By:
If you have ever run across a home with aluminum foil in the windows, you may have come away from it scratching your head and wondering why. Aluminum foil has a lot of uses, and it just so happens that one of those uses is to deflect heat on household windows. While it is not an aesthetically pleasing choice, it is an effective one.
If you do not want to go the aluminum foil route yourself but would like the benefit of heat deflection and reduction in your home, consider adding window film.
(Your windows can turn your home into an oven...)
Much like aluminum foil, window film is able to lessen the amount of heat that makes it into your home. It also has the added benefit of reducing the likelihood of rugs and furniture from fading when continually exposed to the sun's rays due to its ability to block up to 99% of ultra violet rays.
With solar heat and UV rays off the table, it is tough to find a reason not to incorporate window film into your home, especially when you consider that deflecting solar heat will cut your air conditioner, and thus your power bill, a break. If you are concerned about the look it will provide, rest assured it looks much better than aluminum foil and comes in both clear and tinted shades, plus it allows you to retain your view of the outside world. Also possible are decorative films and even opaque varieties to keep people from being able to see into your home.
The installation of window film is fairly noncomplex and straightforward. To start, select the film you wish to use and clean your window so there is no dust, debris, or streaking remaining in the glass. You will then need to cut the film to fit your window, leaving an extra half inch or so all around to give you maneuvering room.
Once your film is cut, spray the window with clean water and remove the backing from the film, then place it against the window. The water will enable you to slide the film into position with greater ease.
With the window film where it needs to be, take a squeegee and burnish the film, ensuring that no bubbles remain. Allow to dry and trim off any excess with a utility knife and your window film project will be complete.
A well done installation will leave you with window film seams and edges that are invisible to the naked eye. As you perform routine cleaning of your windows, be sure not to use harsh cleaner as some cleaners can be damaging to different types of films.
Check manufacturer's labels for declarations of safe use on film before you proceed and you will be able to reap the benefit of solar heat reduction for many years to come.
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