4 Window Film Options for Reducing Residential Energy Consumption

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Window films help cut down glare, reduce heat gain in the summer, and keep heat in during the winter. It’s estimated they block around 40% of heat lost during colder seasons and approximately 70% of heat during hot seasons. There are a variety of options to choose from when looking to reduce energy costs with residential window films.

3M Ceramic Series Film

The 3M Ceramic Series films are a good balance between savings and quality.

In addition to providing low-reflectivity and heat reduction, the Ceramic Series gives you premium clarity from inside your home. Ceramic films do not contain metal, so your view remains undarkened, the film retains its color and appearance, and there is no interference with electronic devices or signals.

The Ceramic Series offers almost as much infrared heat rejection as the Prestige Series, which makes it a great candidate for cutting energy costs.

3M Classic Series Film

The most common film in the Classic Series is the Neutral 35. These films give you great performance and come with an abrasion resistant coating to maintain a quality appearance.

The Neutral 35 sun control film transmits an increased amount of light with low reflectivity. Made from polyester, this film reduces 99% of harmful UV rays. The Neutral 35’s metal coating gives it a gray tint, but the color will not fade or change. As opposed to non-metallic films, the Neutral 35 may cause increased interference with electronic signals.

This film is an ideal solution to reduce solar heat gain as well as glare, discomfort, and air conditioning costs.

3M Prestige Series Film

Like the Ceramic Series, Prestige Series films do not contain metal. This means you don’t need to worry about corrosion or any interference with electronic devices or signals. These films are also less reflective than the Ceramic or Classic Series.

Prestige Series films utilize layers of polymer to achieve the best performance, and their appearance and clarity beats out other films, too.

This multi-layer film rejects up to 97% of infrared light and is one of the top films in the industry.

3M Select Series Night Vision Film

3M’s Select Series Night Vision films have high-performance features designed to maximize sun control, making it one of the most energy efficient options.

Unlike other high-performance sun control films, the Night Vision films offer low interior reflectivity. The Select Series also works to protect your home from harmful UV rays while addressing heat and glare.

Night Vision films give you clear views during the afternoon and evening, and they reject up to 71% of the sun’s heat, which means more comfortability and a lower energy bill.

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