Feeling the heat? The International Window Film Association is offering free information on how to both reduce cooling costs and the demand on our nation’s electric power grids, noting that roughly one third of an average building’s cooling load is from solar heat gain through windows.
According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), buildings use 41 percent of our of nation’s energy. The DOE also reports that 25 to 35 percent of energy wasted in buildings is due to inefficient windows. Similarly, the California Energy Commission estimates that 40 percent of a typical building’s cooling needs relates to solar heat gain through windows.
“Window film not only works smarter when it comes to energy savings, but is also a greener choice, as it offers a small carbon footprint,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the nonprofit IWFA. “Window film can be quickly installed on existing windows with minimal disruption to daily routine, and it gives new life to once outdated windows. This allows owners to save on energy, avoiding both removal and disposal costs of the existing windows, while improving the comfort of their work and living spaces.”
Additionally, many window film products block up to 60 percent of infrared energy to reduce solar heat gain and improve on cooling costs. Other benefits include stopping up to 99 percent of UV rays, which decreases fading on upholstery and reduces harm to the skin.
The non-profit association offers a free consumer booklet. The booklet helps consumers understand more about how window film delivers more energy savings per dollar spent, as compared to installing replacement windows.
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