How Window Film helps you be more Green

Many people don’t know or think about the green benefits of window film. For instance, windows typically account for 15 to 30% of the total heating load, and up to half of the cooling load during the summer. With professionally installed window film, you can increase energy efficiency while spending up to 80 % less than the cost of new replacement windows. Window film also preserves the window frame and casement so that those materials don’t need to be discarded and reproduced – another great way to go green this spring.

Or as they say Spring has sprung which means the days are getting a little longer, the temperatures are rising, and it’s the time when many of us begin to revisit that long list of home improvement projects we want to get done for the year. And as we consider making our homes more attractive and energy efficient, it makes sense that we want to save a little green as we go.

The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit trade association representing leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, is proud to recognize April 30, 2017, as the fourth annual National Window Film Day (NWFD). In alignment with proclamations issued by governors and mayors across the United States, NWFD is a day dedicated to furthering public education of the many benefits of professionally installed window film including energy efficiency, indoor temperature comfort, blocking 99% of the sun’s UVA rays, the reduction of fading of furnishings, and possible harmful exposure to skin and eyes. Please see the infographic provided by IWFA for all the ways to go green and save green. In honor of this day, one way to kick the home improvement season off right is by considering professionally installed window film as an alternative to removing and replacing inefficient or older windows.

Up to one-third of a home’s heating and cooling costs can be lost through inefficient windows. Window film rejects up to 55 percent of solar heat – offering a more energy efficient environment and some films can even help to retain room heat in the winter months. Owners of older homes, especially, can struggle with the inefficiency caused by windows age and poor insulation. Windows in vintage homes typically account for 15 to 30 percent of the total heating load, and up to half of the cooling load during the summer. With professionally installed window film, you can increase energy efficiency while spending up to 80 percent less than the cost of new replacement windows. It preserves the window frame and casement so that those materials don’t need to be discarded and reproduced, which contributes to less waste. 

If you’re looking to add a creative touch to your windows, decorative window film can transform a living space. From frosted to specialty designs, window film varieties abound.

Many states across the country offer homeowners and business owners incentives for undertaking “green” projects and window film may qualify for project reimbursements and tax reductions. To find a local accredited window film installer near you, visit IWFA’s Business Locator.

So as we welcome Spring and look at our long list of home improvement “to-do’s”, let’s also think about all of the benefits of professionally installed window film – to go green and save green now and all year long.

Article courtesy of Darrell Smith, Executive Director, The International Window Film Association (IWFA)


Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.

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