The International Window Film Association (IWFA) wants consumers to know that, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE), buildings use 41 percent of our of nation’s energy. The IWFA also says that the DOE reports that 25 to 35 percent of energy wasted in buildings is blamed on inefficient windows. Similarly, the California Energy Commission estimates that 40 percent of a typical building’s cooling requirements are related to solar heat gain through windows.
“Window film not only works smarter when it comes to energy savings, it’s a greener choice as it offers a small carbon footprint,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “Window film can be quickly installed on existing windows with minimal disruption to daily routine and it gives new life to once outdated windows so owners save on energy, avoiding both removal and disposal costs of the existing windows, while improving the comfort of their work and living spaces.”
In addition, IWFA notes that many window film products block up to 60 percent of infrared energy to reduce solar heat gain and improve on cooling costs. Other advantages include the 99-percent reduction of UV rays to decrease fading of upholstery and reduce harm to the skin.