Will Installing Window Film Kill Indoor House Plants?

Like other common misconceptions about window film, many people think it’s harmful to house plants. But that’s not the case. Just as window film can help conserve energy, it can also help your house plants.

A Green Thumbs Up: How Window Film Helps House Plants Flourish

A Green Thumbs UpSolar control window film only blocks UV rays – not the red and blue rays that your plants need to grow and flower. And some plants will actually do better with window film, such as those that require less light (which are typically plants that have adark green color). Delicate plants will also do better with window film because it provides a more stable temperature. So, for example, if you live in a hot climate during the summer, areas near sunny windows can get very hot and be harmful to delicate plants. Or even in normal circumstances, do you have certain plants that always seem to dry out or wilt on sunny days? Window film will help your plants retain moisture better. Just remember that all plants – especially fussy ones – need time to adjust to a new environment, so if you see wilting or color loss after installing window film, don’t panic. These issues should disappear after a few days.

Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Control Window Film & House Plants

Will window film kill my house plants?

In many cases, where house plants are already receiving adequate light, adding window film to your home should not harm them. It may take the plants a few days to adjust to the new lighting conditions, in which case new plant growth and flowering may be impacted slightly.

For plants that typically wilt before the end of a sunny day, you may notice that they actually thrive even better once the window film is installed.

If you’re concerned that adding window film to your home will damage your indoor plants, consider moving the plant to an area of your home with less sunlight for a few days and see how the plant responds. Additionally, most nurseries or local agricultural agencies can provide advice on the amount of light a particular plant should be exposed to.

What types of plants need more light than others?

Typically, plants that are lighter in color (variegated plants) need more light than darker green plants as darker plants have higher concentrations of chlorophyll which makes them better able to use the available light for photosynthesis.

What kind of light do plants need to grow?

Contrary to popular belief, plants do not actually need UV light in order to grow. Plants require only blue and red light (which are not a part of the UV color spectrum). Blue light is responsible for encouraging chlorophyll production which helps the plants create strong and healthy stems and leaves. Red light helps during the early stages of a plant’s life by assisting with seed germination, bulb development and root growth and is also responsible for helping a plant flower and/or produce fruit.

Does solar control window film block natural light?

Solar control window film is designed specifically to block harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays while still allowing natural light into your home. There are many styles and colors to choose from to achieve the perfect balance between natural light and UV protection in your home.

To find the perfect window film for your home, check out our Residential Window Film Selector tool and choose the qualities that are most important to you.

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Other Benefits of Window Film for Your Home

Other Benefits of Window FilmBy rejecting the sun’s solar energy, window film offers the following benefits for your home:

  • Improved Home Comfort & Heat Control: Installing window film on your home can help create a more comfortable environment by reducing the temperature in your home.
  • Reduced Energy Costs: By reducing the heat in the summer and reflecting light to keep your home warmer in the winter, you can conserve energy and reduce your air conditioning and heating bills throughout the year.
  • Furniture & Furnishing Fade Protection: Reduced exposure to the sun can improve the longevity of your furniture, carpets, woodwork and other interior furnishings by offering significant fade protection.
  • Enhanced Skin Protection: By blocking up to 99% of harmful UV rays that can lead to premature aging of the skin and skin cancer, solar control window film helps protect your skin.
  • Increased Visibility: Window film also helps reduce glare to improve the visibility of your devices such as computers and TV screens.

As you can see, window film offers many benefits which make your home more comfortable and inviting, allowing you to enjoy the outdoor views without all of the negative consequences.

Find a Professional Window Film Installer Near You

If you’re interested in enjoying the many benefits of window film, from protecting your plants to lowering your energy bills, we invite you to find a dealer of Madico’s premium line of architectural window film, Sunscape.

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Updated: 09/06/2019


Fannie Mae Finances Energy Efficiency

If you’ve ever considered energy efficient upgrades for your home, you now have an added incentive. In addition to federal tax credits and rebates, you can now get assistance for financing the improvements with help from Fannie Mae, reports DWM Magazine.



HomeStyle® Energy Mortgage


HomeStyle® Energy Mortgage-In-Text ImagesHomeStyle® Energy mortgage is a new Fannie Mae option that allows borrowers to finance energy-efficient improvements, such as insulation or window enhancements. Homeowners can borrow up to 15 percent of the appraised, as-completed value of the home in order to purchase the upgrades. Financing is available to both those looking to purchase homes and those who want to update their current homes.



Where to Find It


Where To Find It-In-Text ImageHomeStyle Energy mortgage is available from all approved Fannie Mae lenders. Borrowers can finance up to $3,500 in upgrades without an energy report, or upgrades above this limit with an energy report. Lenders are required to place funds into an escrow account.



Why It Makes Sense


Why It Makes Sense-In-Text ImageAccording to Fannie Mae senior vice president and chief credit officer, Carlos Perez, “HomeStyle Energy mortgage will be particularly helpful to borrowers who want to pay off debt for existing energy improvements. It will also benefit homeowners who want to make their home more comfortable and efficient.”


An article in Mother Earth News further validates the investment, explaining that, “Home energy efficiency improvements are good for your bank account, too, because money you invest in energy efficiency or renewable energy systems will pay off over time in reduced energy bills.”



What You Should Know Before Applying


What You Should Know Before Applying-In-Text ImageIn addition to making these loans available, Fannie Mae also makes them more affordable than typical home equity lines of credit, unsecured loans or vendor loans. Although most Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans aren’t eligible for Fannie Mae mortgages, they can be paid off using this option.



Learn more about HomeStyle Energy mortgage from Fannie Mae, or explore additional financing options and federal incentives offered for energy efficient upgrades.



Life in a Smart Energy Home

What if your home could generate energy rather than merely consume it? Some homes are already achieving greater than Zero Net Energy (ZNE), a term Edison International uses to describe a home “whose annual energy consumption is no greater than its annual energy generation.”

The Smart Energy Home Experience

The Smart Energy Home ExperienceThe idea is not a new one. For years builders and homeowners have used window film to help conserve energy and achieve ZNE, such as in this Florida homeThe Honda Smart Energy Home was completed on a University of California campus in the spring of 2015. The big news is that these homes are now being marketed. The SolarCity Smart Energy Home in Hawaii, for example, is already available for lease or purchase.

How a Smart Energy Home Works

How a Smart Energy Home WorksIn a smart energy home, including the SolarCity Smart Energy Home, a battery system stores solar electricity for use at night. The home’s gateway controls all energy devices to ensure maximum solar generation and consumption. An electric water heater, for example, uses solar energy collected throughout the day to heat water stored for use at night. The Nest Learning Thermostat modifies the home’s energy usage based on how much solar energy is available, ensuring the needed energy won’t be exported back to the grid.

Energy Customized for a Home’s Residents

Energy Customized for a Home’s ResidentsThe SolarCity Home’s technology and the size of the system that controls it are customized to the residents’ energy usage. In general, the homes offer all the comforts of other modern homes without the excessive energy use.

Will Smart Energy Home Ownership Change the Way You Live?

Will Smart Energy Home Ownership Change the Way You Live?Much of the technology featured in today’s smart energy homes is readily available. So whether you live in Hawaii or elsewhere, there’s a strong likelihood that a smart energy home will soon be available in your neighborhood. The question, however, isn’t whether you’ll want to live in one. If you’re like most smart energy home residents, it will be how could you have ever lived without one.

Learn more about Hawaii’s Solar City Smart Energy Home here.


Cool Roofs

Made of reflective paint, tiles, or shingles, a cool roof can stay more than 30 percent cooler than a standard dark roof by reflecting more sunlight and absorbing less heat. So it can help you lower your air-conditioning costs and conserve energy. Pretty cool, huh?



Cool Benefits


Cool BenefitsWhen many buildings in a community have cool roofs, it can lesson what is called the “urban heat island effect,” which is the phenomenon of buildings soaking up the sun’s radiation and then re-radiating that heat after sundown. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lowering the amount of energy used to cool buildings “reduces local air temperatures; lowers peak electricity demand, which can help prevent power outages; and reduces power plant emissions, including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrous oxides, and mercury.”



Cool Savings


Cool SavingsMany types of cool roofs are the same price as standard roofs and some utility companies offer rebates. Beyond that, you’ll enjoy savings from a lower air-conditioning bill year after year. You can also receive up to $500 in a federal tax credit for a cool roof. Learn more about this federal tax credit.



Cool Roof Types


Cool Roof TypesThere are many different cool roof systems for both existing and new roofs. They all use thick coatings with reflective pigments. Some also offer restorative features and water protection. The Cool Roof Rating Council is a nonprofit organization that was created to conduct third-party tests and give accurate ratings on cool roof systems. You can search their online Rated Products Directory to compare options and find the cool roof that meets your needs. Check it out – it’s free!



Cool Walls, Too


Cool WallsYou can also use reflective paint on your exterior walls to cool your house – especially if you live in a warm climate. These “cool paints” are on the Federal Energy Management Program’s Promising Technologies List, which prioritizes technologies that help save energy but are underused.


Honda’s Smart Home

Yes, that’s right. Not a smart car or a smart phone – a smart home. Considering that 3D printers are printing food these days, a smart home is not such a stretch. In fact, Statistica says revenue for smart houses in North America will hit $9.4 billion next year – a 42 percent jump from 2012. Honda’s smart home hints at the direction we’re heading, and it’s unique in that it was developed to show how both a house and an electric car can be powered by renewable energy. According to Michael Koenig, the project leader for the Honda smart home, the initiative was designed to showcase “Honda’s vision for zero-carbon living and personal mobility.”



Welcome to the “Zero Net” World


Welcome to the Zero Net WorldAll of the energy used in the house and to charge the car is monitored and controlled by a Home Energy Management System (HEMS) designed by Honda. Solar energy is stored during the day and then used at night when more electricity is demanded and the car needs to be charged. All in all, the 1,944-square-foot Honda smart home actually produces more energy than it uses – 75% less than a typical home – which makes it a “zero net” home. It’s fitting that Honda’s smart home dwells in an entire community that’s zero net, UC Davis West Village in California – the largest of its kind in the nation.



Bye-Bye Old-School Heat and AC


Bye-Bye Old-School Heat and ACWhat may be most amazing about this home is that it remains comfortable to live in without an air conditioner and heater. This is achieved in a number of ways, from sloping eaves on the windows, to thicker walls, to a roof that reflects light. But the real star of the heating and cooling show is a unique heat pump system that regulates the indoor temperature. Holes are dug into the ground to use the earth’s temperature to heat or cool water, which is then run through the house in pipes under the floor and in the ceiling on the second floor. This isn’t a new idea. What is new is the size of the holes they dug. Typically, they’re dozens of feet deep and small in diameter. Honda’s smart house heat pump holes are 24 inches wide by 20 feet deep. According to Jonathon Woolley, one of the engineers at UC Davis who designed the system, this can reduce the cost of the heat pump system by 90 percent!


With innovation like that, smart homes could become mainstream before we know it. To learn more about Honda’s smart home, check out this video.



Save Energy and Enjoy the Tiny House Lifestyle

There’s a whole “tiny house” movement in the U.S. that’s appealing for a number of reasons, one of the most compelling being that tiny houses significantly lower your carbon footprint. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 80 percent of a house’s greenhouse gas emissions over its lifespan are due to fuel consumption and electricity. Since most tiny houses are only 400 square feet at their largest – as opposed to the average American’s house of 2,600 square feet – they obviously have less space to heat and cool and use much less fuel and electricity.

A Stepping Stone to Financial Freedom

A Stepping Stone to Financial FreedomWhile conserving energy is top of mind these days as a way to protect our natural environment and stop global warming, there are other very real benefits to downsizing. According to a survey conducted by the Demand Institute, 40 million Americans are spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing payments, property taxes, and other home expenses. Another survey by Bankrate.com revealed that 76 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. The tiny house movement says that you don’t need to live your life saddled with a mortgage payment. Instead you can use that money to travel or enjoy other adventures. Speaking of traveling, that’s another benefit of a tiny house – you can literally put it on wheels and take it with you.

Choosing Experiences Over Stuff

Choosing Experiences Over StuffCornerstone to the tiny house movement is the idea that when you clear the clutter from your life, you can focus on what makes you happy. Financial freedom means you have more time to do what you want, and when in a tiny house, it goes without saying that you’ll spend a whole lot less time doing chores around the house. To learn more, check out this video where tiny house owners talk about what living in a tiny house means to them.