The Ideal Solution for Energy Efficiency: Window Replacement or Window Film?

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Windows, while highly valued in homes and offices, can lead to numerous problems. One of the most common drawbacks to windows is decreased energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25-35% of energy wasted in buildings is due to inefficient windows. With that being said, it’s easy to assume that replacing old windows with newer, more efficient windows is the solution. However, this isn’t always the best option. In fact, budget and time constraints can eliminate the option of window replacement completely. 

Window Replacement: Improved Energy-Efficiency, At What Cost?

Replacing existing windows with brand new, high-performance windows can bring numerous benefits to your space. From reduced operating costs and lower turnover rates due to increased occupant comfort, there are many reasons why new windows are ideal for creating a more energy-efficient building. In fact, newer windows can effectively manage passive solar energy for lower heating and cooling costs, reducing energy costs in a building by 10-40%. Newly installed windows form a tight seal with a building to prevent air leaks and increase indoor comfort. In addition to the benefits you can’t see, replacement windows can also enhance a property’s curb appeal. With all the benefits of brand-new windows, they seem like the obvious solution to increase occupant comfort and improve energy efficiency. However, with new windows comes a massive initial investment.

A Costly & Potentially Disruptive Solution

Window replacement, on average, costs $650 to $1,500 per window. High-end windows can cost $800 to $1,200 each. Not only is this a steep initial investment, but the average payback period is about 13 years. In addition to the high cost, the process of installing new windows can be disruptive and time-consuming. If the windows are installed while occupants are utilizing the space, they will have to be relocated until the process is completed. Depending on the window size, installation can take about 20 to 60 minutes per window. 

With budget and time constraints in mind, it’s likely that window replacement is not the best option for your space. However, the ability to achieve increased occupant comfort and energy efficiency isn’t out of reach. For a cost-effective and time-efficient solution, window film can help you achieve energy efficiency and many other benefits.

Window Film: Meet Budget & Time Constraints, Boost Energy Efficiency

Window film can improve energy efficiency, increase occupant comfort, and lower energy bills at a fraction of the cost of window replacement. When budget and time constraints are limiting, window film is a quick and effective solution to achieve energy efficiency. 

3M Window Films reject up to 99% of UV rays and 97% of infrared heat (900-1,000nm), leading to increased occupant comfort and protection. In particular, 3M Insulating Window Films can increase energy efficiency and energy savings year-round. Not only can window film achieve these benefits in a cost-effective manner, but the payback period is also significantly shorter, with some films paying back in just 3 years. Furthermore, the installation process of window film is far less disruptive than replacing windows, allowing for the continuation of operations and meeting deadlines.

Unless your windows have exceeded their lifetime or are rotting or broken, investing in window replacement likely isn’t an optimal solution. If your goal is to achieve energy efficiency and occupant comfort, window film will save you time and money.

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