Your windows are the weak point in the energy efficiency of your home. In fact, solar heat gain in the summer and interior heat loss in the colder months could account for a third of your utility bills.
So, it makes a lot of sense to retrofit your windows to improve their efficiency. However, the cost of low-emissivity (or low-e) replacement windows is extremely expensive. Some would rather take their chances on higher heating and cooling costs when confronted with the significant up-front price of new windows. Fortunately, with the advent of new energy-efficient window film technology, there’s a cost effective answer. Window tint can make your home’s interior more comfortable and save significantly on utilities for substantially less money.
Low-E Window Film Saves 80% off the cost of Replacement Windows
Snappy Tint is an authorized installer of Solar Gard’s Panorama series of window film products. Their Silver AG 50 Low E window film delivers the performance of low-emissivity replacement windows for a cost savings of up to 80%. This means that the initial cost of installing the product pays for itself in a much shorter timeframe vs. new windows.
Replacement windows can cost $1000 or more for a single window, and many are only guaranteed for 15 to 20 years. The return on investment depends on the cost, on the demands on your heating and cooling system, and the life of the replacement window. In the average home, the median return on investment or “payback” is 21 years. Considering most windows are guaranteed for only 15 to 20 years, you may never see that payback.
Of course, there are situations in which it makes sense to install new windows – for example, if the overall construction of your windows is profoundly flawed. If there are severe structural problems with your existing windows, there are limits to the efficiency that window film can provide, at least until those windows are repaired.
If your existing windows are structurally-sound, window film becomes a much more appealing choice than replacement. Many people who are interested in low-emissivity windows are motivated by a desire to lower their carbon footprint by creating a more energy efficient home. Disposing of a serviceable window for a replacement adds to landfills. In homes or offices with many windows, the landfill burden can be very significant. For a fraction of the cost, existing windows can be transformed into low-e windows with a window film retrofit, without creating waste.
Low-E Window Film and Energy Efficiency
Buildings produce 39% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Peer-reviewed analysis shows that the carbon footprint of Solar Gard low-e window films is much lower than the carbon footprint of new windows. The carbon footprint of standard window types – including aluminum, wood, PVC and curtain wall glazing – is at least 250 times greater than the carbon footprint of Solar Gard’s new low-e window film.
Window film is also a far superior choice for historic properties. Replacement windows can change the look and construction of the historic building, which can even be against local preservation codes. Modern window film doesn’t have to have a “tinted” look, and Solar Gard’s Silver AG 50 has the highest visible light transmission of any low-e window film on the market.
Benefits of Solar Gard’s Silver AG 50 Low E Window Film:
- Reduces loss of interior heat during cold months. While untreated windows reflect only 16% of interior heat back into your home, low-e window film will reflect 63%, keeping your house warm without taxing your heating system.
- Eliminates hotspots in your house. If you have windows that face the sun at the warmest part of the day, you know that they can throw off the balance of your HVAC system. Low-e window film provides a solution to that problem by significantly reducing solar heat gain.
- Provides nearly 2/3 more UV protection that low-e windows! This is a significant advantage that window film has over replacement windows. UV protection is vital to protecting your carpet, floors, and furnishings from fading, and protecting you and your family from cancer-causing UV rays.
- Blocks 99% of the UVA and UVB rays
- Reduces glare that can prevent you from seeing your television or computer screens clearly.
- Preserves ambient daylight better than other window treatments.
Statement from Solar Gard from their press release: Solar Gard Offers New Cost-Efficient Energy Saving Option to Replacement Windows
“Facility managers and homeowners alike are looking for easy energy efficient upgrades, and Solar Gard continues to provide environmentally-responsible solutions,” said Kathryn Giblin, Vice President of Marketing at Solar Gard. “Improving window performance on buildings can reduce energy consumption and cooling costs by up to 30%, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 to 40% in commercial buildings. Retrofitting with Solar Gard will help accomplish both goals, and window film offers benefits that low e glass does not, including broad spectrum UV protection.”
Unless the windows in your building are in poor condition and demand replacement, window film is, by far, a better overall value. Click here to contact us for a Free Estimate!