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Have you ever noticed how certain parts of your home feel uncomfortably hot and stuffy during the summer months? Did you know that the culprit could be solar heat gain caused by the sun? Solar Heat Gain: How Does it Affect Your Indoor Space? Solar heat gain refers to the amount of heat absorbed by a building or an indoor space due to the sun’s rays. The increased energy consumption caused by solar heat gain can lead to higher electricity bills and a less comfortable living environment. Let’s explore solar heat gain and how it affects your indoor living space and what you can do about it.
What is Solar Heat Gain?
Solar heat gain is the amount of heat that enters a building or indoor space from the sun’s UV and infrared rays. The heat enters through windows, skylights and other types of glass. The amount of solar heat gain that occurs depends on various factors such as the size, orientation and shading of windows and the intensity and duration of sunlight. Solar heat gain is also influenced by the thermal properties of the building materials used in the construction of the building.
How does Solar Heat Gain Increase Energy Use?
Solar heat gain increases energy use in multiple ways. First, when solar heat enters a building, it causes the air conditioning system to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. Second, excessive solar heat gain can lead to discomfort or hot spots. This, in turn, can lead to increased energy consumption as you might resort to using additional fans or other cooling systems to stay comfortable.
How do Sun Control Window Films by 3M Stop Solar Heat Gain?
Sun control window films by 3M are designed to block up to 99.9% of the sun’s harmful UV rays and 97% of infrared rays and are effective in reducing solar heat gain. These films are applied to the interior surface of windows and enhance the insulating properties of the window. They come in various tint levels, so you can choose the level of darkness that suits your needs. Sun control window films also reduce glare, thereby creating a more comfortable indoor environment. Additionally, these films can help protect your furnishings, flooring and artwork from fading by reducing the amount of UV radiation that enters into your home.
Solar heat gain is a common problem that homeowners face during the summer months. It can cause discomfort and increased energy consumption. Fortunately, sun control window films by 3M can help mitigate the effects of solar heat gain. Carolina Solar Control is your premier sun control and residential window film resource for Raleigh, NC, and surrounding areas. Our team of experts can help determine the best sun control window film for your unique needs and install it with precision and care. Let us help you create a more comfortable and energy-efficient indoor living space for you.