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
Solar 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.
Other Benefits of Window Film for Your Home
By 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.