In a previous post, I talked about putting window air conditioning units away for the winter. So, with this post, I wanted to bring the focus back to another potential energy drain – the windows themselves. Since these layers of glass are often much thinner than the walls and insulation that serve as a protective barrier from the elements elsewhere, homeowners may lose heat through their windows during the winter.
However, luckily for homeowners, they don't need to replace all of their windows with Energy Star-rated models simply to reduce their energy bills. For an easy, low-cost solution, consumers can turn to heat control window film. Depending on their specific needs, though, one type of film may be more advantageous than the other.
For instance, dyed films can absorb and reflect solar heat and protect against heat loss in winter locations. These extra layers of protection can usually be purchased for a low cost and are relatively easy to install, even on windows with classic panes. In addition, metallic films that reflect heat and insulate can also be great for those living in places where the temperatures are routinely more than chilly.
To fit the film to the window, homeowners simply cut the pieces down to size. Experts usually recommend that these squares should be about half an inch larger than the space they are looking to protect. After that, individuals can use a small squeegee and brush to get all the air bubbles out of the film.
However, individuals who choose this method should note that with excessive heat, it is possible for the film to absorb so much energy that it breaks the glass it is trying to protect. So, weighing the pros and cons before deciding is an essential part of the process.