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Issues Homeowners Are Solving with Window Film

If you are having a problem with your windows, you might be wondering what issues homeowners are solving with window film.

Well, we’ve got the answers for you! And we’ve ordered them according to the answers we get to our product recommendation quiz.

What Issues Homeowners Are Solving with Window Film

1. Solar Control and Climate Comfort

The number one issue homeowners are solving with window film is reducing the amount of heat that is coming through their windows. We see this as the number one issue people tell us they want to solve in our Product Recommendation Quiz.

Our ComforTech™ Ceramic Series film is a solar control window film. It comes in five shades or colors to meet the needs of any aesthetic. The darker the shade of film you choose, the better the solar control performance will be.

The main performance specs to consider when comparing solar control window film are: total solar energy rejected (TSER) and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC).

Total solar energy rejected is the percentage of incident solar energy rejected by a glazing system which is equal to solar reflectance plus the part of solar absorption which is re-radiated outward. The higher the number, the more solar energy is rejected.

A second measure that the National Fenestration Rating Council uses to measure the performance of window film is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. SHGC is the sum of incident solar energy that is transmitted inside through the glazing system. It includes solar energy directly transmitted and the part of absorbed solar energy that is released inwards. SHGC is the fraction of incident solar radiation that actually enters the building through window glass. SHGC is expressed as a number between 0 and 1. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits. 

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2. Save on Energy Costs

One of the most significant issues homeowners face is high energy bills. By reducing the amount of heat your windows are letting into your home, you are reducing your dependence on air conditioning. Cooling costs can skyrocket, especially during extreme weather conditions.

Solar control ceramic window film is an excellent solution for reducing energy consumption and lowering utility bills. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy calls window film an energy efficient window covering. And some local utilities and municipalities provide rebates when you install window film in your home.

Installing window film is a way to green your home: you are reducing your energy consumption and also keeping your existing windows out of landfills by upgrading them instead of throwing them away.

All of our films block some solar energy. Choose the darkest shade you are willing to go with for maximum performance. Look for the same specifications as solar control: high TSER and low SHGC.

3. Adding Daytime Privacy

The second biggest issue homeowners are solving with window film according to our data is: privacy. Privacy is a top concern for many homeowners, especially those living in densely populated areas or near busy streets.

We have two types of privacy film: transparent film and opaque film:

Opaque Privacy Film

Opaque window film adds a frosted appearance to your windows, obstructing the view from outside without completely blocking natural light. Opaque film is a good option if you need both day and night time privacy. The trade-off is you lose your views to the outside world with opaque film.

Our Matte white privacy film provides an effective and aesthetically pleasing solution blocking views while still letting in 66% of visible light.

Opaque window film is an ideal choice for bathrooms, bedrooms, home offices, and front door glass, or any area where privacy is desired. Get more Matte White Privacy film ideas.

Home office with privacy window film on french doors

Transparent Privacy Film

On the other hand, transparent privacy allows you to maintain your views to the outside world and keep light coming into your space. Transparent privacy film works by creating a one-way mirror effect when it is brighter outside than inside.

That is why transparent privacy only works during the day. Most folks use it for daytime privacy, preferring to keep their views and light, and then use curtains/blinds/shades at night.

We have four films that provide daytime privacy: three ComforTech™ Ceramic Series shades plus our Silver 15 Reflective film. The three ComforTech™ shades that offer daytime privacy are 25, 15, and 05.

The main difference between ComforTech™ and Silver 15 is their appearance. Silver 15 is a metallic film with a silver appearance both inside the home and out. It also has the same reflectivity on both sides of the film, so it will also create a mirror inside the home when it is brighter inside at night.

ComforTech™ is a ceramic film with a more neutral charcoal color. It also is a dual-reflective film which means that the external reflectivity is higher than the internal reflectivity. This reduces the mirror look on the insides of your windows at night and allows you to more easily see out of your windows at night.

Read more about privacy film.

4. UV Protection

One of the biggest issues homeowners are solving with window film is blocking harmful UV rays from entering their homes. This is the third most popular issue we see cited in our product recommendation quiz.

All of our films block 99% of harmful UV rays in the 300-380nm spectrum when installed on glass. So you can choose from any of our films and receive the same UV protection.

If you are looking for just UV protection without any other solar control (heat or visible light), we have a Clear 2MIL UV film available that just blocks UV and doesn’t change the look of your windows at all.

5. Reduce Glare

Excessive glare can make it difficult to enjoy your home, whether you’re trying to watch TV, work on a computer, or simply relax. Solar control films can significantly reduce glare, improving the comfort and usability of your spaces.

Man behind computer with eyestrain

Adding window film will allow you to enjoy your living spaces without the discomfort of glare. These films reduce the amount of sunlight that penetrates through your windows, decreasing glare without darkening your rooms excessively.

You’ll gain improved visibility on your TV and computer screens that will reduce eye fatigue and improve your productivity.

Finally, cutting glare makes the views out of your windows crisper and better. Window film is like a pair of sunglasses for your windows!

Read more about glare and how to reduce it.

6. Fade Reduction

Sun exposure can cause significant damage to your home’s interior, fading furniture, flooring, and artwork. One of the most common myths we hear is that fading is caused only by UV rays. In fact, fading is caused by three main factors:

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Window film can address these three factors: UV rays, visible light and heat. To maximize the fade protection of window film, choose a film that blocks the most UV while simultaneously rejecting heat and reducing visible light transmission.

Read more about what causes fading.

Issues Homeowners are Solving with Window Film Summary

Window film offers a versatile and effective solution to many common homeowner issues. Whether you’re looking to reduce energy costs, increase privacy, protect your interiors, improve comfort, or enhance security, Concord Window Film has the perfect product for you. Our window films will help you create a more comfortable, efficient, and happy home.

By addressing these issues with window film, you’re not only improving your quality of life but also making a smart investment in your home’s future. Explore our range of window films at Concord Window Film and discover how easy it is to transform your living space.

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