Conserve Energy and Save Money – All From the Comfort of Your Own Home…

Conserve Energy and Save Money – All From the Comfort of Your Own Home…

A simple and effective way of keeping the cool in and the heat out is to shade your windows and glass doors with a Smart film. The benefits of deflecting the sun’s heat include; reduced energy consumption, lower energy bills, and a more consistent and comfortable inside temperature. Most importantly, window film protects your home from the intense Arizona heat.

According to an independent study by Arizona Public Service (APS) , windows on a typical home in the Phoenix area explain nearly 50% of the workload placed on your air conditioning system. That’s more than the roof, walls, and attic combined! Untreated windows in the desert ecosystem will allow about 20 times more heat into your home than an equal amount of wall space. By controlling the way the sun’s energy enters your home, you can save on summer cooling costs and take advantage of ” free” heating in the winter.

When looking at window treatments that will block out the hot sun, you’ll want to consider the “Shading Coefficient” of different alternatives. The Shading Coefficient is a measure of the ability of a window treatment to reduce solar heat gain. The lower the number, the less solar heat will go into your home and the lower your cooling bills will be. For example, a window treatment with a shading coefficient of 0.40 will prevent about 60% of the solar heat gain while a shading coefficient of 0.30 will block about 70%.

Let’s take some of the assessable shading coefficients on some shared window treatments and apply them to dollars saved in a typical 2000sqft Phoenix area home. Energy calculations by APS under the standard plan is about $1500 yearly (your actual energy costs may vary). The figure is based on no window treatments covering duel-pane glass. Awnings, overhangs, blinds, and draperies have no assessable shading coefficient to speak of. The good news on those treatments with regard to the APS study however, calculated an approximate energy savings equaling about $200 savings yearly. Exterior shade screens measure at a 0.40 shading coefficient which converts to about $300 savings yearly. Window films had the LOWEST shading coefficient measuring at 0.20. That is approximately $500 savings yearly.

The Smart films of today offer many other benefits such as a 99% UV protection for furnishings, flooring, and artwork. It offers noticeable eye relieving glare reduction within the home and makes it easier for daytime television viewing. It keeps glass cleaner and makes window cleaning easier. It also renders glass shatter resistant which improves home safety for your family. Window film offers a clear, undistorted view and it is safe for dual-pane and low-e glass. Best of all, specialized installation is nevertheless a bargain. Window films can pay for themselves the very first year and lifetime warrantees offer years of dollar and energy savings…All from the comfort of your own home!

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