Window film is a good option for controlling UV rays, but it certainly isn’t the only option. How does window film stack up when compared to the most obvious sun-blocking alternative: window shades and blinds?
In Pensacola, Florida, window film and window shades both do a good job of preventing glare so occupants aren’t bothered by direct or reflected sunlight – but they do it in different ways. Window shades block or redirect sunlight so it doesn’t enter the space, so using them to prevent glare may mean an increase in artificial lighting requirements. Controlling excessive brightness, window film can prevent distracting glare while still letting in natural light.
If you invest in professionally installed window film, you can improve window insulating performance year-round instead of just during summer months. Window film reduces heat loss in winter and solar heat gain in summer, resulting in both cooling and heating energy savings in the Pensacola area. Because window blinds and shades don’t always improve window insulating performance (they only provide improved insulating performance when down completely with blind slats closed), they can’t provide as much year-round energy savings as window films. Window shades and blinds are located inside the room, so they also capture (absorb) and radiate solar heat into the space. Window film prevents a much higher percentage of solar heat gain from permeating the glass by reflecting the sun’s heat back outdoors. In other words, with window film the heat never gets inside.
Window shades and blinds may create dark interior environments because they block a large amount of natural light. Window film works by blocking up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays, letting in natural daylight and possibly decreasing artificial lighting requirements. InvisiGuard Window Tinting installs window films that are spectrally selective and reduce infrared heat while still allowing visible light to pass through. Studies show that exposure to daylight can improve productivity, reduce absenteeism, diminish health complaints, and increase test scores.
Because window shades must be closed in order to work, they inherently block views to nature and outdoor scenery. There is a lot of great scenery in the Pensacola, Florida area, you won’t want to cover it up with window shades. Window film allows you to enjoy outdoor views while minimizing glare or solar heat gain. Studies have found that employees with views of nature were more satisfied at work and had more patience, less frustration, and fewer health problems. Studies have also shown that not having access to outdoor views is associated with higher tension and anxiety levels in office environments.
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