Solar control window film reduces heat and glare from rooms and buildings; But how effective are they?

Whilst window film has been used for many years in the commercial world to Tired of Feeling The Heat?provide a more comfortable working environment, advances in technology now ensure that you can enjoy precisely the same benefits for your home – with the same high level of service, too.

Perhaps you’ve had conservatory blinds fitted, or maybe you’re considering it. It’s one option. Blinds are not necessarily the answer though. Cleaning off dust and flies can be a hassle, plus blinds can block your view and cut out light. And, of course, when they’re pulled up, the sun still fades your furnishings.

New from the 3M Company – Prestige Series Window Films – The first-ever clear solar control film to offer a 15-year warranty.

Some of the additional benefits offered by the installation of specialist 3M Solar Control window film include but are not limited to:

  • The ultimate in high technology, offering clear film technology with outstanding heat rejection to create the perfect film for your home
  • Designed not to change the appearance of your home
  • Clear to lightly tinted, allows up to 70% of the visible light through your windows
  • Rejects up to 60% of the heat coming through your windows
  • Reflectivity that’s actually lower than glass

For more information about the benefits offered by 3M’s solar control range of window films, please click here.

A Key Demonstration

In the video below, Dave and Brian demonstrate 3 different window films using a heat lamp and a light meter. Discover the heat and light reduction from 3M Silver20, Metalised film, 3M prestige 70 Window film performance can vary on a variety of factors, the type of glass in your windows being just one.

How Do They Work?

Applied to a window through the use of an optically clear pressure-sensitive adhesive, solar control window film will restrict 99% of damaging UV rays from passing through the window whilst not reducing the transparency of the glass.  The various metallic, carbon or ceramic coatings will reject various levels of solar energy depending upon specification.

Solar control window film will also help to reduce glare from the sun. This can be an issue all year round and can be a particular problem for people watching television or working at a computer. The application of specialist window film can help to reduce glare by up to 81%.

Where Are They Used?

Solar control window film is widely used in the commercial and public sector built environment and is proven to be highly effective at reducing energy bills.

Typically representing 30% of a building’s annual budget, energy bills can be reduced due to the ability of window film to keep both the heat in during the winter and out during the summer, therefore reducing the need for both additional heating and air conditioning.

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