ARTICLE Darrell Smith

All year round the sun has a direct impact shining through windows and fading furniture, rugs and artwork, while exposing people inside to unhealthy UV rays. In spring and summer, the sun is unforgiving as it is high in the sky and the uneven glare coming into the home can make the interior have uncomfortable hot spots. In winter, with the sun lower in the sky, it has an even more direct impact.

Window film is a simple, yet cost-effective solution to keep your furnishings protected while making your environment more comfortable. It not only reduces sun glare but also helps lower your energy bills.

According to the Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand (WFAANZ), window film may also eliminate uncomfortable hot spots in rooms by blocking solar heat. This enables heating and air conditioning systems to work more efficiently. For larger commercial and office buildings, which run heating and cooling systems year-round, energy savings are even more significant.

Window film is a thin sheet of window coating, professionally and permanently installed, to deliver a range of high-value benefits to homeowners. Introduced almost 30 years ago, window film has now been engineered using today’s advanced technology to deliver energy savings similar to low-e windows, yet at a fraction of what replacement windows cost.

For single-family homes, window film installation costs, from a reputable dealer, can range from $65 to $75 per square metre for solar film and the process can be completed in one or two days. For cars, window film installation costs, from a reputable dealer, can range from $250 for a three-door or hatchback to $400 for Utes and larger saloons.

Window film is available in a range of shades from clear to dark and once installed, the energy conservation benefits are immediate. Window film also delivers seven times the energy savings benefits per dollar spent compared with installing replacement windows. It’s simply a great way to protect your home from UV rays while delivering solid energy efficiency benefits.

For more information on windows film options, visit the International Window Film Association website.

You might be interested in reading: Replacing your windows with double-glazing.

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This expert advice by Darrell Smith featured on page 46 of Issue 005 of New Zealand Renovate Magazine. New Zealand's first and only magazine solely dedicated to home renovations.

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