With energy bills reaching an all time high, business owners throughout the UK are facing a constant battle to keep costs down to a minimum. The good news is that whether you are looking to keep your premises warm during the winter or cool during the summer, advances in window film technology have ensured that WF Glazing Protection are ideally positioned to help.
Not only can we help, we can do so in an eminently affordable way.
Increasing Comfort & Energy Efficiency
Window film has the capacity to enhance thermal comfort and energy efficiency in interior spaces. Tinting the windows provides a sure-fire way of reducing a significant amount of heat generated by the sun.
The approach also allows homeowners and business owners alike to protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. In addition, it becomes easier to minimise glare filtering into the indoors.
An Increase in Air-Conditioning Usage
Over the years, the number of buildings using air conditioning in the United Kingdom has increased considerably. Air conditioning systems are widely acknowledged to use more energy for cooling buildings than alternative methods and therefore put an unnecessary financial strain on the businesses who use them.
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) reported that much of the load heaped on AC units is due to direct solar gain through windows. Window film can help reduce the penetration, thus the solar gain. The film can be applied internally or externally. It enhances the overall performance of the windows.
Advances in technology have expanded the range of films available on the market with the variety of options being designed to suit specific applications and requirements. The product not only improves a building’s energy efficiency but can also improve it’s appearance.
A Cost Effective Solution
When it comes to cooling the indoors, the film provides a more environmentally friendly solution.
“The UK Building Research Establishment has reported that as much as 40 per cent of the load on air conditioners comes from countering heat gain from the sun shining through the window. So how does Window Film work? Put simply, it keeps out the sun, meaning less work for the air conditioner and in turn, lower energy bills and CO2 emissions. In fact, using the correct film can cut air conditioner load by almost a third, meaning the initial cost can be recouped in saved energy bills over three to five years. And as pressure grows on governments and corporations to meet commitments to meet CO2 reduction targets, Window Film can help a business move towards a cleaner and greener way of operating”
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The use of energy calculators by approved dealers helps buyers establish the estimated energy savings that comes with installing window film.
The sun’s rays can damage valuable contents inside buildings, such as draperies, furniture and carpets. Window film is designed to reject 99 percent of ultraviolet rays.
A thicker film can strengthen windows and provide a barrier against smash and grab crime.
The reduction of glare in workplaces can create an environment which is conducive to improved staff productivity. Glare is known to cause discomfort and may affect vision, particularly when using computers. Window film is significantly more convenient and effective than blinds, which can be easily damaged and require regular maintenance.
Working in an environment with high temperatures also causes discomfort, which leads to frustration and drowsiness. The heat can affect overall performance. Thankfully, the installation of window film is a cost effective, non-intrusive option for commercial buildings.