Why You Should Be Using Solar Control Window Film

By April 11, 2022 February 17th, 2023 Blog

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If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to improve indoor comfort, reduce reliance on your building’s AC system, and cut down on energy costs — all without blocking natural light or views — look no further than solar control window film.

Sun control window film, such as that from the 3M Prestige Series, is one of the most high-tech window films available on the market when it comes to climate control for commercial buildings. It doesn’t matter how old or new your building is, installing solar window film can provide you and your building tenants with a whole range of benefits.

Install Solar Control Window Film To Enjoy These Amazing Benefits

Solar control window film rejects up to 97% of infrared light

Infrared light is the sunlight that we can’t see, but that we feel as heat. It is responsible for the majority of solar heat gain through windows (the indoor heat caused by sunlight shining in windows).

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Without energy-efficient windows or some type of heat blocking window film installed, a large percentage of a commercial building’s AC use can be attributed to the need to combat solar heat gain.

This is one of the top reasons to install solar control window film on your commercial windows. This type of heat control window film rejects up to 97% of infrared light from the sun, thus drastically reducing the need to constantly run air conditioning in order to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures.

Solar control film for windows can provide significant energy savings

Because sun-blocking window film cuts down on the need to use AC systems, it can also greatly reduce how much you spend on monthly commercial utility bills for your building.

In fact, sun control window film can cut your energy costs so much that it is an investment that pays for itself over a relatively short period of time. 

The exact amount of money this energy-efficient window film can save you depends on a variety of factors, but some commercial building owners make their return on investment in under a year because of how much less they need to run AC in the building.

While other energy efficiency upgrades shouldn’t be overlooked, heat control window film is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve a commercial building’s energy efficiency in warm weather.

Not only that but installing specific types of window films can also provide you with tax rebates in certain areas, adding even more to your bottom line.

window film also provides tax rebates

Sun control window film blocks approximately 99.9% of the UV rays that cause fading

The other type of invisible light from the sun is ultraviolet (UV) light, which is the sunlight that causes furnishings to fade and is responsible for causing skin damage and even cancer.

Sun blocking window film prevents almost all of these harmful UV rays from passing through your building’s windows. This extends the lifetimes of furnishings placed near windows by years because it prevents them from fading due to sun exposure.

Additionally, people seated near windows working in offices and other workspaces don’t have to worry about getting too much UV exposure throughout the workday.

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Solar blocking window film allows high transmission of natural light into your building

Solar control window film provides all the above benefits, of blocking invisible infrared heat and harmful UV light, without preventing the natural light that we see from filtering in through your windows.

This means you and your building tenants can continue to enjoy all the benefits of natural light, including brightly illuminated offices and the stress-busting qualities of sunlight.

Naturally-lit spaces are more inviting and comfortable, not to mention you don’t need to rely on harsh artificial light to see what you’re doing at work.

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Sun blocking window film has low reflectivity and does not block views

You may be wondering whether or not solar window film changes the appearance of your windows, and the answer is no, not significantly.

Solar control window film, such as the 3M Prestige Series film, has naturally low reflectivity and is not tinted dark gray or anything like that, so it doesn’t prevent anyone inside your building from enjoying views of the outdoors.

improve aesthetics

Outdoor views have been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, so being able to keep curtains and blinds open on a sunny day without letting all the solar heat in is another one of the top benefits of solar window film.

Solar control window film can be combined with other window films to improve aesthetics

If you do want to change the appearance of your building with a window film install, there are other types of window film finishes that can be combined with solar window film to achieve the results you want.

For example, you could opt for a highly reflective, mirrored finish to give an older building a contemporary facelift and add privacy. Or, you might go for a color-shifting finish, so the color of your building’s glass changes depending on the sunlight and the angle it’s viewed from.

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There are so many different window film finishes out there that the options are really endless when it comes to giving your property a new look, along with upgrading its energy efficiency and indoor comfort levels by installing sun control window film.

Summary of the benefits of solar control window film:

  • Rejects up to 97% of infrared light
  • Blocks 99.9% of harmful UV rays
  • Reduces reliance on AC units
  • Cuts down on utility spending
  • Allows natural light in
  • Maintains outdoor views
  • Can be combined with other window films for different looks and purposes
  • 3M Prestige Series film can become carbon negative in as few as 6 months

Final Words

Sun control window film installation is an affordable way to boost your commercial facility’s performance and improve indoor comfort and property appeal for building tenants.

Installation is relatively fast and minimally disruptive, especially compared to bigger energy efficiency upgrades, including full window replacement.

If you want to start receiving the benefits of sun-blocking window film, contact Campbell Corporation today. We are an authorized 3M window film dealers and installers, and a six-time 3M dealer of the year.