Applications of Window Films
Homes are meant to provide security and comfort for occupants. The architectural design of a home will largely determine the level of comfort and security it can provide. It is the basic purpose of a home to shelter against the elements. It is meant to protect against wind, rain, snow, temperature variations, and shield against sun's radiations. It is also designed to provide protection against other types of threats such as human and animal intruders.
The basic architectural design of a house serves as a foundation on how all other amenities can be integrated. From standard utilities (electricity, water and gas) to HVAC systems, from lighting to sophisticated security systems, the architectural design of a house provides the basis.
The level of comfort and security of a home can also significantly be improved by installing window films. These aftermarket or add-on products are simple and cost-effective means of solving some of the seemingly difficult challenges of house design. Window films will also significantly aid in making a home more energy-efficient and environment friendly.
There are two ways whereby window films can help creating a "greener" abode. First is the way these films can filter out excessive radiant energy from the sun. Tinted films for windows can block out both infrared and ultraviolet radiations. In this manner, the mini climate inside a house can be maintained at relatively stable level. The need for using air conditioning systems will be minimized in the process. Closed windows and the insulating effect of the films also preserve the interior temperature during cold seasons.
The second way whereby window films help in creating a greener home is by maintaining optimal illumination while providing privacy. Curtain and blinds can be raised during day time without worries of being observed by peeping toms, stalkers, would-be robbers and ordinary passers-by. Tinted films allow certain amount of light from outside while blocking glare. At the same time, they can block the light from the inside. In this manner, turning on the interior lights during day time will be largely unnecessary.
Safety can also be improved by installing security window films. An ordinary window pane can be made shatter-resistant by simply laying a protective plastic laminate over it. The film can hold the pieces of a broken glass, preventing the sharp pieces from wounding people. An automobile windshield has similar protective layer. Depending on the type of protective film layer a glass window can be made resistant against hurricane debris.