As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, get ready to see proud displays of green, from shamrocks to clothing, to even green beer. What better way to celebrate the spirit of the day than by going green and also saving green?
One of the easiest ways to achieve those goals, at least when it comes to home improvement projects, is with professionally installed window film. Updating inefficient or outdated windows with professionally installed window film is cost effective and can attain energy efficiency that rivals the outright replacement of existing windows. The potential saving of the green can be dramatic as well.
“Homeowners, especially owners of older homes, often struggle to deal with energy inefficiency caused by age and poor insulation,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association (IWFA). “Windows are a notable problem area, typically accounting for 15 to 30 percent of the total heating load, and up to 50 percent of the cooling load during warmer months. Professionally installed window film allows homeowners to increase energy efficiency for up to 80 percent less than the cost of new replacement windows.”
More environmentally friendly than a total window replacement, window film delivers seven times the energy saving benefits per dollar spent when compared with installing full replacement windows, and also preserves the window frame and casement so that those materials do not need to be discarded.
In addition, the many benefits of window film are not limited to just going green and saving money. Window film can also block a significant amount of UV rays that typically penetrate a home or building. Untreated windows normally block 25 to 50 percent of UV rays. The remaining rays that enter a home can damage the floor, furnishings and rugs, and even valuable antiques. Professionally installed window film blocks up to 99 percent of UV rays from passing through unprotected glass. Adding that extra layer of protection for interiors to a home’s windows can help slow continued fading and disintegration.
For more information on how professionally installed window film can help you go green and save green with your home, and to find an installer near you, please visit www.iwfa.com/FindanInstaller.
About the International Window Film Association
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) (www.iwfa.com) is a unified industry body of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the window film industry though the use of education, research, advocacy and consumer awareness. The organization builds alliances with trade associations, utilities and government agencies to advance dealers’ and distributors’ businesses and provide value to their customers.
Erin Vadala, Warner Communications