No matter how many cans a person recycles or how often he or she rides a bike to work, there is always more that can be done to reduce a carbon footprint. New studies suggest that the most cost-effective way to save energy and money is to simply use window film. Window film helps keep buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter at a low price.

Independent Analysis

A study conducted by California-based business Con-Sol independently analyzed buildings that employ energy efficient window film against buildings treated with other types of energy saving equipment and procedures. In this study, window film was found to provide even more energy savings than the leading methods of heating and cooling moderation. The study confirms that the investment of window tinting provides a return of up to 70% in just two years of use. The type of window film, the construction of the building and its location are all variables in determining the amount of savings per building.

Effects of Tinting

When window tint is installed in a building, it provides energy savings in several ways. Most of these stem from the film’s ability to block out sunlight from the building. When this occurs, the additional head from the sunlight is also blocked from the building, allowing the building’s heating and cooling system to perform without barriers. The thermostat remains in a constant setting year-round, saving homeowners and businesses money and energy daily. Installing the tint on moveable windows, or using tint that can be activated with the click of a button, allows consumers to modify how much they need these effects on a daily basis as well.

Most Cost-Effective Technique

Tint for windows is the cheapest way to modify a building that provides the biggest difference in energy use. Although some forms of energy saving techniques, such as the use of caulk to seal up cracks in the surface of the building, are initially cheaper, they do not offer as many benefits. These methods also do not yield the return investment savings that window tint offers consumers. Most costly methods, such as updating HVAC systems or adding insulation, did not provide as much energy savings as window tint in the study, either. Those that do provide benefits do not prove to be as cost-effective as tinting.

Additional Benefits

Window tint offers additional benefits that most other environmental practices do not yield. In addition to saving on energy costs and use, they provide comfort. When the heat is blocked by the tint, consumers remain comfortable at their desks or on their couches. By blocking the sunlight, window tint prevents glaring on televisions and computers, providing users with a better line of vision. No shades, blinds or squinting are necessary. Window tint also helps create a cozier, more subdued atmosphere conducive to home entertaining or meeting with business partners.

Using window film as an energy saving technique is safe, inexpensive and effective way to cut down on energy use and costs. It is the simplest way to make the biggest difference in heating and cooling costs for home or business. The use of window tint also creates a more comfortable space that is easier to control and utilize for meetings, events and daily life.

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