Whether the building you manage has two windows or 200, adding a specialized film to each can offer multiple benefits to your facility, from energy savings to tenant satisfaction. These window films are also easy to maintain and clean, which makes them an ideal option for a facility manager looking to reap the benefits without investing in ongoing higher costs.
Keep in mind, though, that it more than pays to invest in professional installation. Though window films may seem easy enough to install, it’s very easy to contaminate the polyester films with dirt, dust or hair. That trapped detritus can reduce the efficacy of the film and create an unsightly visual that leaves tenants unsatisfied. A professional window film installer, such as the team at Clean and Polish, is experienced and trained in the proper preparation and installation techniques necessary to ensure a high-quality and lasting installation.
Here are a few reasons to consider contacting a professional about window films today:
1. Assist with LEED Certification
Gaining LEED certification for an existing building involves retrofitting it or establishing certain systems to meet strict environmental standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. The level of LEED certification that the facility achieves is based on a point system, with platinum being the highest level. Window films can earn multiple certification points for the facility in the areas of: light pollution reduction, improving thermal comfort, optimizing energy performance and providing daylight and views.
2. Reduce Furniture Fading
Window films block as much as 99 percent of the UV rays that enter a facility. This type of sunlight is the most damaging when it comes to fading furnishings and hung artwork in your building’s interior. Issues such as faded upholstery can be a nuisance for tenants, as they either shoulder the replacement costs or configure their spaces to avoid putting furnishings in direct sunlight. With window films in place, your building’s tenants can gain peace of mind that their furnishings will stand the test of time—without crowding them into the shadier areas of the interior.
3. Lower Energy Costs
When self-adhesive polyester film is applied to glass surfaces, such as windows, it regulates the amount of heat and light that are able to pass through the window. Though occupants inside the building won’t experience the space as dim or dark, the amount of heat that penetrates the windows is dramatically reduced. That means that air-conditioning costs in the summer can be naturally lowered, as HVAC systems aren’t forced to combat the heating effects of multiple windows. During the winter, the polyester film can help retain more heated air in the building’s interior, reducing heat loss and lowering energy bills as well. So while tenants might not even notice the window film, your building’s owner certainly will—when the energy bills are paid each month.
4. Eliminate Glare
Office buildings are typically awash in windows, but all of that sunlight can be a bane for workers who are sensitive to glare and need to spend a large portion of their day facing computers or working in video conference areas. While some tenants without window films are forced to draw the curtains and lose out on the cost-saving, mood-boosting benefits of sunlight, others work in buildings that include window films. These polyester films reduce glare by minimizing the amount of harmful sunlight that penetrates the window, without reducing the brightness of the building’s interior. That means tenants can get to work, without having to rely exclusively on energy-draining interior lighting.