Did You Know That Window Film Helps 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

 

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 usually a dark 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.

 

 

Other Benefits of Window Film

 

Other Benefits of Window FilmBy rejecting the sun’s solar energy, window film maintains a more comfortable temperature in your home, reduces air-conditioning costs, and conserves energy. By blocking up to 99% of damaging UV rays, it protects your skin and offers significant fade protection for furniture, carpets, woodwork, and other interior furnishings. It also reduces glare to improve visibility, especially for computer and TV screens. All in all, window film makes your home more comfortable and inviting, letting you enjoy the outdoor views without any negative consequences.

 

 

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.

   

The Benefits of Decorative Window Film

Glass has become a major design trend for renovating office space, and with good reason. Replacing interior walls with glass for offices, conference rooms, and lobbies can redirect natural light from windows up to 40 feet deeper into a building, reducing dependency on artificial lighting and cutting energy costs. But does glass create a lack of privacy that outweighs your energy savings? Decorative window film addresses this concern and boasts other benefits to augment the return on your energy savings investment.

 

 

Privacy Benefits of Decorative Window Film

 

Privacy Benefits of Decorative Window FilmInstalling decorative window film to glass provides discretion when confidentiality of information or privacy for employees is an issue. You can install frosted, tinted, or colored window film at various opacity levels to get the privacy you need without sacrificing natural light.

 

The Flexibility Factor

The Flexibility FactorWindow film enhances the sophistication factor of glass as well. You can select decorative film to customize your space with unique designs, prints, or patterns, including styles that resemble cut or texturized glass. Window film is easy to clean and durable over time, but because the film can be applied and removed easily and inexpensively without damaging glass, you have the flexibility to change the look of your space at little cost.

 

 

Let the Sun Shine In

Let the Sun Shine InBoosting natural light in the workplace has been linked to increased employee productivity and morale. Direct sunlight can cause glare on computer screens though, forcing employees to rely on blinds and overhead lighting to tackle the problem. Decorative window film reduces the transmission of light through glass to diminish glares, making employees more comfortable

while reaping the benefits of sunlight.

 

Window film provides the additional benefit of filtering up to 99% of harmful UV rays, which protects employees from skin damage that can cause skin cancer, and office furnishings and flooring from fading.

If you plan to renovate your office space with glass partitions and walls, you get to enjoy more natural light while reducing your energy consumption. Enhancing glass with decorative window film can further customize your space and provide the added benefits of privacy and protection for employees.

   

Stay Warmer This Winter with Window Film

When you think about how window film works, the fact that it keeps harmful UV rays and heat out of your home makes logical sense, but did you know that window film also retains heat inside of your home? Considering that the average home loses about one-third of its heat through windows and doors, window film can go a long way toward conserving energy and keeping your winter heating costs down.

Keeping Your Money from Going Out the Window

Keeping Your Money from Going Out the WindowHeat is attracted to cold, so hot air will flow to cold windows. But with window film that absorbs the sunshine, windows are kept warm. This keeps the warm air within the room and requires less heat from the heater to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Protection from a Closer Winter Sun

Protection from a Closer Winter SunThe sun is closer to the earth during the winter, which means even more exposure to its damaging UV rays. But window film lets you enjoy the natural light and views while protecting your furnishings. Window film also reduces glare, which may be more of a problem in the winter when UV rays reflect upward off of the bright snow.

Learn More About Window Film

Learn More About Window FilmTo learn more about window film protection, check out this informative guide, “Beauty Inside & Out,” from the International Window Film Association – you’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn. Here’s just one fact to consider:

“UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface and although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent, and go through glass, making sun protection necessary inside as well as outside.”

Or if you’re more of a visual person, check out this infographic that explains all of the benefits of window film. From UV protection to energy conservation, it’s helping people in your community live better lives in many ways.

   

Infographic: Benefits of Window Film for Your Home

Have you ever moved your couch or some other piece of furniture and noticed your carpeting that was once one shade of gray is now two different shades? Or perhaps you’ve had to close your blinds or curtains to avoid that annoying sun glare on the TV? Well if either scenario sounds familiar, window film can help resolve these issues.

 

Professionally installed window film can block up to 99% of UV rays and reduce the fading of your home’s interior and upholstery. Ultraviolet light and the sun’s visible light are the main causes of interior fading (65%), followed by the heat from the sun (25%). Window film can also reject heat rays up to 92%, cutting cooling costs by as much as 30%. This infographic shows how professionally installed window film can make a beneficial difference to your home’s interior.

 

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Window film is not limited to your home’s windows. It can also be applied to buildings in your community and to your vehicle.

   

The Terminology to Know When Considering Window Film

Like most products that perform one or more technical functions, window film carries with it a set of terms that may be over the head of the average consumer at first glance. There certainly are words we’ve all seen and used – light energy, heat energy, even ultraviolet and infrared. Beyond those, there are the more scientific terms, like reflectance, transmittance, and absorption.

Window film language gets even more technical than that. Is it important for you to know and grasp every window film technical term? Of course not. But familiarity with some of the basic language used to describe how window film works will help you make a more informed purchasing decision. You’ll better understand the differing functions of various films, which allows you to make a smart choice. And you’ll level the playing field a bit when it comes to talking with the window film professional who estimates and installs your project.

Here is a bit of window film terminology to know:

Total Solar Energy

This is the entire spectrum of the sun’s energy that reaches the earth’s surface. It’s made up of visible light, ultraviolet (UV) light, both UVA and UVB, and infrared (IR) energy. Window films manage all of these types of energy to some degree, and for different purposes.

Visible Light Transmitted

This is a measurement of the amount of sunlight a piece of glass lets through. A very dark window film may transmit only 5-10% of visible light into a room, while a light or nearly clear film may allow 90% and up. Visible Light Reflected indicates how much light is bounced back to the source, whether the source is the sun outside or the building’s interior lighting.

UV Rejection

Damage is caused to interior furnishings and carpet, not to mention to the skin of room occupants, by UV rays. UV rejection tells you how much of this harmful radiation is turned away by the window film.

Emissivity

Emissivity is essentially the insulating quality of a piece of glass or of the window film covering it. Low-emissivity (Low-E) films reflect a great deal of the heat generated on a building’s interior back inside, a desirable quality for window films installed in colder climates.

U-Factor

U-Factor indicates the level of heat energy, independent of the sun’s radiant energy, that passes through a glass/window film assembly. It’s calculated with a multiple of the difference between indoor and outdoor air temperatures, and like Low-E, a lower U-Factor number means better heat retention inside a building in cold weather.

Talking the window film talk will give you an advantage when it comes to selecting a window film product and getting the greatest value from your purchase. For the exceptionally scientific-minded, a full glossary of window film terminology provides an even deeper look into the functionality of these products.

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Window Film in Your Community

Every single day you could—and quite possibly do—benefit from window film. If you haven’t yet noticed, that’s likely because window film is an undetected superhero, saving you from the sun’s harsh UV rays and offering a layer of defense against intruders trying to get a peek inside your home, school, or business.

 

 

 

Even though you can’t see window film, you can trust that it’s working around the clock to block up to 99% of UV rays, and up to 86% of the sun’s heat. And window film installation costs only a fraction of what window replacement can cost. Not only will you save yourself the hassle and out-of-pocket expense, you’ll save on long-term energy bills. From keeping you cool and comfortable to providing much-needed privacy, window film helps you—and your entire community—live better.

 

Click here to download an infographic that shows how window film works throughout your community.

   

Window Films Save Energy and Money for Small Businesses

When you own a small business, you look for ways to improve your bottom line. One way to do this is by installing commercial window film, which reflects and absorbs incoming light and heat to cut down on energy expenses and protect your investment.

 

 

Cooling Cost Reduction

 

Cooling Cost ReductionMany electric companies charge higher rates during peak periods, which typically coincide with daytime business hours. Because window film blocks the sun’s heat, it allows offices and showrooms to remain cooler longer and decreases the need for air conditioning to kick on during peak rate times. This means you save money on your electric bill and extend the life of your HVAC system. Reduced heat from windows also helps keep building temperatures consistent during work hours, which can increase employee productivity and customer comfort.

 

 

Eyestrain Reduction

 

Eyestrain ReductionIn addition to blocking outdoor heat, window film helps eliminate bright, direct sunlight that can create excessive glare on computer screens or displays, and cause eyestrain and fatigue. Since window film minimizes glare, you will will not have to resort to purchasing window coverings that close off free natural light, and that increase the need for electric lighting.

 

 

Safety and Security

 

Safety and SecurityAs a small business owner, it’s important to protect your property from burglary and vandalism, and installing professional window tinting can help. Safety and security films will hold shards of broken glass together so thieves cannot easily penetrate the glass in a smash-and-grab scenario. In the case of natural disasters that may break windows, window film keeps glass in place to protect people from injury and your structure from further damage. Check if your window film installer carries anti-graffiti window film, too, which can protect windows against acid etching and spray paints.

 

 

UV Ray Protection

 

UV Ray ProtectionDirect ultraviolet exposure from sunlight can damage your furnishings and incite replacement costs. Installing window film slows the fading of furniture, fabric and carpeting, and reduces cracking and drying on leather and vinyl. Window film can protect your skin as well because it blocks 99% of UV rays that can cause dry skin, premature aging, and skin cancer.

 

Installing professional window film at your business can be money well spent when looking to cut back on electric costs and to add an extra layer of protection to your furnishings and property.

   

Window Film Versus Window Shades

Deciding between installing window film or window shades might be a matter of personal preference, but when you compare their value in energy efficiency and protection, you can make an informed decision that will benefit you in the long run.

 

 

Solar Heat Gain

 

Solar Heat GainShades can be effective at blocking sunlight and reducing incoming heat when they are light-colored and lowered or closed completely. In states like Florida where it’s sunny a majority of the year, shades may reduce heat gain up to 45%. Some styles though, especially darker shades, can actually absorb and trap solar heat and expel it into a room.

 

Because window film reflects sunlight before it enters the home, it can block up to 78% of the sun’s heat and absorb the remaining heat that isn’t reflected. This means air conditioning does not need to run as frequently, so energy bills are lowered. Additionally, the insulating properties of window film provides year-round savings by diminishing home heat loss through window glass when outdoor temperatures are colder.

 

 

Glare Reduction

 

Glare ReductionWhen direct sunlight causes glare on screens or business displays, shades allow you to block or redirect light. This also means rooms are darker and more interior lighting is required to account for the loss of natural light. Ultimately, energy usage and cost is increased.

 

Window film controls excessive brightness and prevents glare without forsaking natural light. As well, you are able to look out windows and enjoy views and scenery, which has been shown to increase well-being and mood.

 

 

UV Protection

 

UV ProtectionAlthough natural light can offer natural beauty, the sun’s UV rays can be damaging to people and furnishings. Harmful UV radiation that filters in through windows can cause skin damage and cancer as well as increase premature fading on fabrics, furniture and flooring. Depending on their material, window shades may not block UV rays effectively and can actually fade or crack from sun exposure. In contrast, window film blocks up to 99% of UV rays to provide safe, natural light.

 

 

Privacy

 

PrivacySome businesses need to provide a level of privacy for their patrons and many homeowners do not want exposed windows that display their valuables. Window shades will close off onlookers, but the loss of natural light and views can be displeasing. The reflective properties of window film allow you to see outside during the day, but no one can see inside.

 

 

Safety

 

SafetyShades may block some shattering glass from projecting into a room, but window film makes windows more durable. If someone or something breaks the glass, the film helps keep the window intact, and broken pieces do not enter a building and cause personal injury.

 

You can shed some light on the benefits of using window film versus window shades when you compare how each addresses saving energy and protecting self and home. Depending on your goals, you may find window film can give you more bang for your buck.

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How Window Film Reduces Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse gases (a combination of vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone) are in the earth’s atmosphere and act as a giant blanket that makes the earth warmer, referred to as the greenhouse effect. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by nearly 40% since pre-industrial times – the current level is higher than it’s been in the last 800,000 years.

 

Window film is applied to glass to provide solar protection and increase energy efficiency by helping to reject heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter. This helps to reduce greenhouse gases in the following ways:

 

  • Less electricity and natural gas are used for heating and cooling
  • Fewer fossil fuels are burned
  • Less carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere

 

Vicious Cycle

 

Vicious CycleStudies show that electricity (which is used for heating and cooling homes and businesses) is the biggest culprit for producing greenhouse gas emissions, which causes global warming, which causes climate change. One obvious result of this cycle is warmer temperatures. According to the First Biennial Report of the United States of America, 2012 was the hottest year ever in the United States, and the 12 hottest years globally all happened in the last 15 years. Not surprisingly, greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use by homes and businesses went up 28% in the last 15 years.

 

 

Window Film to the Rescue

 

Now for some more encouraging facts from the International Window Film Association:

 

  • Buildings account for 40% of all U.S. energy used
  • Windows are responsible for 25% of a building’s consumed energy
  • 40% of commercial buildings and 33% of residential buildings have single pane glass

So there is vast potential for window film to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s a look at just one example: the Safeco Plaza in Seattle, Washington, was ahead of its time and installed window film in 1996. Not only did they reduce their carbon emissions each year, they also enjoyed annual savings of $200,000 – not to mention the government incentives and rebates they received. And with the way the U.S. government has been strengthening its charge to stop global warming as of late, those incentives will no doubt only get better.