Windows are an architectural necessity in almost every type of building, from homes to commercial properties. Because windows allow for natural lighting and outdoor views, they improve the overall aesthetics of your space and potentially the productivity and happiness of those within it. While it seems unthinkable to eliminate windows from your space, the unfortunate truth is that windows can expose your property to several downsides, including uncomfortable temperatures and increased electric bills.
Poor Insulation Can Cost You in More Ways than One
We welcome the sun’s natural light into our homes and workplaces with open arms. However, if you’ve ever spent any time sitting near a window on a sunny day, you’ve likely realized that the sun entering through windows can drastically impact interior temperatures. A poorly insulated window penetrated by sunlight can result in hot spots, uncomfortable interiors, and higher energy costs. The same concept applies to a chilly winter day — a poorly insulated space will have difficulty retaining manmade heat indoors, leading to chilly interiors and increased electricity, gas, or steam bills. In fact, it is estimated that up to 25% of your energy bill is likely due to the windows, according to the Department of Energy.
Not only do hot and cold weather impact interior temperatures, but they also can cause excessive wear and tear on HVAC systems. Because your HVAC system will work overtime to maintain the set temperature, a poorly insulated space can cause this work to go to waste. Over time, this consistent exertion can increase maintenance demands and potentially shorten the lifespan of your HVAC system, which is another costly endeavor in itself. Don’t let your money literally go out the window.
Benefits of Improved Insulation
Investing in the insulation of your space will allow you to experience lower energy bills and improved occupant comfort, in addition to potentially prolonging the life of your building’s HVAC system. By improving window insulation, you can allow sunlight into your space in the summertime without suffering through sweltering interior temperatures. Additionally, improved insulation means your space will have an easier time retaining manmade heat in the cold winter months. As a result, tenants will enjoy increased comfort and lower energy bills year-round. Not to mention, the improved insulation will take some of the work off your HVAC system by helping to maintain interior temperatures at the desired set point.
Insulate Your Space with Thinsulate Insulating Window Film
3M Thinsulate Insulating Window Film is a simple solution to improving the insulation of your space without sacrificing sunlight or aesthetics. Applied directly to windows, Thinsulate Insulating Window Film can decrease the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and U Value of your windows, meaning it will improve the energy efficiency of your space. Applying Thinsulate Insulating Window Film to your windows has the nearly same effect as turning a single pane window into a double-pane window or a double pane into a triple pane window — without the high cost and disruption of business operations that comes with window replacement.
By rejecting the sun’s heat in the warm summer months and retaining manmade heat in the winter, window film allows for comfortable temperatures and energy savings year-round. This improved insulation not only lowers utility bills by up to 10% but also reduces the dependency on HVAC systems, potentially prolonging their lifetime. With insulating window film, you can welcome the sun’s light and experience views of the outdoors without impacting the comfort of occupants.
Energy Products Distribution (EPD) offers a tremendous breadth of 3M window film solutions and architectural finishes to architects, property managers, schools, energy service companies, and more. From improved energy efficiency and enhanced aesthetics to increased safety and security, EPD provides a product to meet the needs of your space. Contact us at 410-834-0936 to learn more about the benefits of window film.