According to U.S. Department of Energy statistics, solar heat gain through windows is responsible for about one third of a building's cooling costs. Energy-saving window film that can reduce solar heat gain by 75% or more can significantly reduce the run time of air-conditioning systems or allow them to operate at lower load conditions. This can reduce cooling costs in commercial buildings by as much as 30%, lengthen HVAC equipment life, lower maintenance costs for air-conditioning systems, and allow for replacement of cooling equipment with smaller, less expensive equipment.
Though they provide similar energy savings, window films are much cheaper to install than replacement window - about 5-10% of the cost. Therefore, the capital investment is much lower for window film. Many projects produce a simple payback in less than three years (when including utility company rebates) - equivalent to a 33% return on investment!
The energy savings depend on many factors, such as the existing type of glass, existence of overhangs, your location (climate), and energy rates in your area. However, for most buildings, high-performance window films can reduce energy costs from 5 to 15%.
Yes. Up to 75% of the heat is rejected by Window Film. You need not be afraid of installing beautiful windows for fear of too much heat.
Yes. Vista™ Window Film is professionally installed and can fit virtually any size and shape of flat-glass window.
In many cases, there is so much solar heat gain before window films are installed that shades or blinds must be kept closed. By applying energy-saving window film, blinds and shades can remain open, allowing more light into the building than before film installation. Plus, window films come in a variety of light transmissions, from very dark (0% light transmission) to very light (80% light transmission).
If the window breaks, the window film should hold the glass in place, thus reducing an incidence of injury or damage to furnishings.
In addition to complying with all applicable air and water safety standards for our manufacturing operations, over the past ten years Solutia's Performance Films division has implemented a number of energy-saving measures. These have enabled Solutia to reduce the energy required per unit of production by nearly 40% during this period.
The sun will often damage window treatments such as draperies, curtains, blinds and shades. Window film helps protect furnishings, including window treatments.
Films with high Luminous Efficacies, also known as Spectrally-Selective Films, can be the best film in many applications. However, the solar heat rejection of these products is typically less than the highest performance films, so they offer less savings on air-conditioning costs. In addition, films higher in light transmission offer less in the way of glare reduction.
Absolutely. Window film reduces glare and helps eliminate eye fatigue.
A tax credit directly reduces your income tax, unlike a deduction, which reduces the amount of income subject to tax. The credit then directly increases the tax refund you receive or decreases the amount you have to pay. A provision in the recent Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 has created a tax credit opportunity for window films installed in residential structures. Under the new policy, homeowners can receive a 10% credit on the costs of window film, up to $500. Installation charges do not apply. The new policy went into effect January 1, 2011 and expires December 31st of 2011. For more information visit http://www.windowfilmtaxcredit.com/.
Most windows can be filmed with minimal or no disruption to building occupants.
Most films carry a 10 or 15-year warranty for non-residential installations. Warranties include total film replacement, including labor and materials. Many of our films are on the job, still providing energy savings and improved comfort, 20 years after installation. (Some restrictions and limitations apply)
Professionally installed Vista™ Window Film comes with a lifetime warranty against cracking, peeling, or adhesive failure.
Window Film helps combat the problems of fading, glare and damage to furniture. Most importantly, it helps make occupants feel more comfortable in the room.
No. Vista™ Window Film will maintain the natural colors of your interior spaces. With less need for draperies, curtains, blinds, and shades, rooms may actually brighten significantly.
Many utilities offer specific rebates for window film installation for both residential and commercial applications. Often window film is specifically listed as one of the rebate-eligible products. Other times window film qualifies under the "Custom Measures" option (commercial applications only).
The installation of window films is very safe. We provide our installers with a list of recommended applications and are confident that the applications are safe when the recommendations are followed.