Prepare for the fall weather with window insulation film.
The beginning of a new school year brings to mind backpacks stocked with new school supplies, lunches packed and ready to go, and kids eager to meet their new teacher and catch up with their classmates. It also serves as a reminder that summer weather is on its way out and the fall season will be upon us before we know it. As the final days of summer wind down during this busy time of year, colder weather may be the last thing on your mind. However, it’s actually the ideal time to start preparing your home for the fall and winter temperatures. By investing in window insulation film now, you will enjoy a cozier transition into cool weather. And, more importantly, you’ll save money on your energy bill.
Heat Loss Through Windows
Windows and doors are a home’s major source of heat loss and heat gain. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, 30% of all energy used to heat and cool homes in the U.S. is lost through windows. Even when gaps around the frame are sealed to prevent air flow, the heat loss problem is not entirely resolved. The reason for this is that heat is lost through the glass itself. Glass is an excellent heat conductor. This means that the heat generated inside of your home is easily transferred through the glass and to the outside. This makes it difficult to maintain a warm interior temperature without constantly running your heating system.
In the summertime, when the weather is hot and the interior of your home is cool from air conditioning, this problem occurs in reverse: the hot air from outside is conducted by your window panes and enters your home, raising the interior temperature. However, there are solutions you can implement in your home to dramatically reduce heat loss through window panes.
How To Prevent Heat Loss Through a Window
There are several ways to reduce the amount of heat that escapes through your windows, and they differ in expense, effectiveness, and appearance.
Install curtains – Adding heavy curtains to your windows can help to deter heat loss and is relatively inexpensive. The downsides to this option are that it is typically the least effective method of preventing heat loss. Not to mention, for it to be effective at all, it requires keeping the curtains closed. This blocks all natural light from entering your home and makes for a dreary winter.
Install storm windows – Storm windows attach to the window frame to provide some additional insulation. The downsides to this method are that storm windows are relatively expensive. They require ongoing maintenance and seasonal removal to allow for natural air flow through the window. Also, installation can be difficult, and they may change the appearance of your windows.
Install new double-pane windows – Updating your current windows with windows that include additional panes of glass is effective at reducing heat loss. The major downside to this option is that it is the most expensive solution to the window insulation problem. In fact, you are unlikely to fully recoup your investment in your lifetime.
Install window insulation film – Low-E film, or low-emissivity film, is a thin layer that is applied directly to your existing windows and is designed to be as effective as adding another pane of glass for insulation. The major difference between a window insulation film and installing new double-pane windows is the cost. Insulating window film is the most cost-effective solution. In addition, 3M insulating window film blocks up to 99% of UV light and its virtually invisible. This makes it so you won’t notice any major change in the appearance of your windows – inside or outside.
Why 3M Insulation Film is the Best Solution for Winter Heat Loss
3M has been one of the leading manufacturers of window film for over 50 years, and hold the original patent on window film. Their rigorous testing standards and top quality products contribute to their outstanding reputation. 3M offers a low-E film called 3M Thinsulate Climate Control Window Film. This is one of the best solutions for winter heat loss for several reasons. This insulating film provides:
- Year-round climate control
- Increased energy efficiency
- No dramatic effect on appearance
- UV protection
- Cost effectiveness
To learn more about 3M Thinsulate insulating window film or to get your home winter-ready today, give us a call at (301) 231-9500 and one of our window film experts will be happy to assist you.
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