Window film has been a popular solution to help control energy costs. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of confusion in the marketplace about window film and some myths about the product have been allowed to linger without being challenged.
Here are just a few of the more popular myths (and truths) about window film:
Window film will make my windows dark
Window film is available in a wide variety of shades. Generally, the darker the film, the more heat and glare will be reflected away from the property. Some films are very light and nearly invisible to the naked eye. With the help of a professional window film company you can select a film that best meets your needs. Your windows don't have to be too dark, unless you want them to be.
Window film only works in the summer
Window film is a year-round product that serves as an insulator on glass. Windows in a home or business usually account for 25% of its annual heating and cooling costs. The way window film improves the energy efficiency of windows across the changing seasons and different climates is by slowing down the transfer of energy in and out the windows. This will lead to less load time and runtime on HVAC systems, giving you the property owner longer life of your system and lower utility costs.
Window film will cause glass to break
There is a difference between "will cause" and "can cause". The application of window film alone isn't the primary reason a thermal fracture in glass would occur as long as it is was installed to the film manufacturer's recommendation. Film manufacturers provide all professional installers with data that will guide them to the correct film to install based on the glass and type of a window.
Window film will void my window warranty
While this may be true in most cases, many of the top window film manufacturers will offer a limited warranty that covers glass and film replacement if breakage occurs. Warranties are only valid if the window carries an existing warranty. If the window is out of warranty, then only the film is covered by the vendor and the manufacturer.
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