Carolina Solar Control, a Raleigh window tinting company and authorized 3M® Window Film dealer, has been helping Raleigh/Durham area residents reduce high energy costs since 1985. And, a new Florida-based case study released by the non-profit IWFA, the International Window Film Association, reveals the most cost-effective way to reduce high energy costs in the home is with the use of window films.
“A new study published by the nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA) shows professionally installed window film is the most cost-effective answer for Florida residents when compared to other energy saving home improvement initiatives, such as upgrading insulation, air sealing, or installing new air conditioning or heat pumps. This new report comes at a time when Federal studies reveal that Florida residents spend 40 percent more than their U.S. counterparts on their electric bills and use more than four times the national average for air conditioning to stay cool in the sunshine state, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “From a Florida consumer perspective, this new report confirms that window films are a smart investment to reduce their utility costs,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “Window film can reduce energy consumption by reducing solar heat gain and cut cooling costs by as much as 30 percent, while at the same time allowing in natural light without the negative impact of harsh glare and potentially dangerous UV exposure,” said Smith. Conducted by energy consulting firm ConSol, the methodology for the report utilized the Florida Department of Community Affairs Energy Code approved software for demonstrating energy code compliance. The research report compared the energy efficiency of internal and external window films for existing homes in the climate zones of Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa and Jacksonville to:
- Adding insulation to the attic
- Replacing air conditioning equipment with more efficient new unit
- Replacing heating equipment with a more efficient new unit (heat pump)
- Air Sealing – sealing gaps in building envelope (walls, doors, around windows, etc.)
The study shows that internal and external window films save more energy per dollar spent than typical retrofit features. From a state energy policy perspective window films are more effective than ceiling insulation, replacing mechanical equipment and air sealing in all four Florida cities analyzed. Solar control window films can block anywhere up to 84 percent of the solar energy that would normally enter through windows. Window films have additional consumer benefits that include: blocking ultra-violet (UV) rays, a major contributor of fading rugs, draperies and artwork; protecting occupants skin from UV exposure; and, reducing hot spots in homes caused by solar energy entering through windows.”
For more information on residential window tinting in Raleigh, call Carolina Solar Control at (919) 380-7763 or you can visit www.carolina-solar.com to request a free quote.