If you are looking for a way to make your business office more energy efficient, window film could be the answer. Because most offices have many windows, any energy waste caused by one window is also multiplied many times over. Although natural sunlight can create a pleasant atmosphere within an office, there are also many ways that it can help reduce the building’s overall energy efficiency.
Controlling Room Temperature with Window Film
When bright sunlight is allowed to enter an office through standard clear windows, it will also increase the overall temperature of the room. This is because standard window glass is not able to block much of the sun’s infrared and ultraviolet light. When sunlight enters a room solar heating occurs, which can significantly raise the room’s temperature. While this solar heat may not be a problem during the winter, it can waste a lot of money during the hot summer months. When the sun heats the interior space of the office, the air conditioner has to work harder. Not only will this waste energy, but it will also waste the company’s money. Especially in the case of windows that get a lot of sun, such as those which face south or west, using a high quality window film can ultimately save a lot of money.
After the window film is applied, the visible light will still be able to enter. However, the infrared rays which can heat up an office’s interior will be almost completely blocked. Using window film to block the heat of the sun can also make it easier to keep the office at a uniform temperature. Many times one or more areas of the office are too hot, while others are too cold. By reducing the influence of radiated heat through the windows, it can be easier to keep all areas of the office comfortable.
Window Film versus Blinds
In many business offices, blinds are used to keep excessive amounts of sunlight from entering the building. Although this works, it can create a rather dark and depressing atmosphere in which to work. Many people prefer to enjoy the view of the outdoors and the outdoor light can even help make it easier to see and work in the office.
Sometimes companies even pay extra when choosing a location for their buildings for the benefit of having a beautiful view. If you obscure this view by keeping the blinds closed every day, then you are basically wasting this pleasant benefit. Additionally, when blinds are used, they generally have to be adjusted several times during the day, closing them when the sun shines on the window, and opening them if it gets darker. Using window film can avoid this problem, since it will work to help keep the room cooler, even if the sun is shining directly on the window.