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  • Window film

    Mar 19, 2017 | 07:52 am

    About Window FilmWhat is Window Film?Window film is typically tinted and applied professionally to the glass surface of windows in vehicles and buildings to promote personal and property protection. Beyond its protective qualities, window films also come in many shades and colors to provide aesthetic enhancements, as well.Why Use Window Film?Using window film in your home, commercial buildings, and vehicles helps to protect you and your property from the damaging effects of the sun. Over time, the sun's heat and harmful UV rays contribute to the fading of interior furnishings, fabrics, artwork and flooring and can cause uneven or very warm temperatures within a building or vehicle. The sun can also damage your skin, and its glare can cause eyestrain. What's more, window film can hold shards of broken glass together in the event of an accident, vandalism, or break-in.

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  • Benefits and Advantages of installing (clear bra) Paint Protection film

    Nov 28, 2015 | 08:18 am

    Q.What is Paint Protection Film and why do I need it?A.Paint protection film, or "clear bra" as it is sometimes known, is one of the best ways to preserve the showroom quality finish on your vehicle. The tough, durable, virtually invisible urethane film will keep your vehicle looking newer longer, without changing the design features or color, by creating a barrier and protecting vulnerable areas such as front bumpers, hoods, side mirrors, door handle cavities, door edges, rocker panels, and rear fender panels. Preserving the finish of your vehicle with paint protection film (PPF) keeps your vehicle looking newer longer, and can enhance the resale value of your vehicle in the future. Q.How does Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series compare to other paint protection films on the market today?A.Scotchgard Pro Series construction provides many features, advantages and benefits over other films. In addition, when you buy film from 3M you know you are buying a recognized brand from a trusted company with staying power.Exceptional clarity: Scotchgard Pro Series has low orange peel, making it one of the clearest films in the industry and virtually invisible on the vehicle.Unrivaled stain and scratch resistance: The revolutionary clear coat technology produces exceptional stain and scratch resistance, making it easier to clean and harder to scratch, ensuring that it keeps the vehicle looking newer, longer.Self healing properties: Innovative technology allows minor scratches to disappear by themselves, keeping the film and your vehicle finish looking new.Excellent durability: The new formula for the Scotchgard Pro Series has superior resistance to yellowing and cracking, ensuring that your vehicle finish retains the showroom quality, color and design features.Maintenance Free: Scotchgard Pro Series film does not require any special maintenance to keep it looking great. You can wash and wax your car as you would normally. Click here for additional tips for keeping your film looking its best (PDF, 174 Kb). Q.Where can I put Paint Protection Film on my vehicle?A.Paint Protection Film can be professionally installed anywhere you want to protect your vehicle finish from scratches, chips, stains and other damaging elements. Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series protects:Rocker panels from sand and stones kicked up by tiresTrunk ledges from golf clubs, luggage and strollersHoods, bumpers and mirror backs from flying gravel, bug acids and tarDoor handle cavities and door edges from rings, keys, belt buckles and pursesFull hoods, trunks and roofs from bird droppings and tree sap Q.Can I install Scotchgard Pro Series film myself?A.3M strongly[…]

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  • How To Choose a The Tint Shop

    Nov 26, 2015 | 03:54 am

    How To Choose a The Tint Shop How to Choose a Window Tint shopChoosing a window tint shop can be confusing. “Best Price” “No Bubbles” “20 Years in Business”… How do you know which shop to choose? There are major differences between tint shops and you don’t want to make a bad investment. After all, window tint is something that you have to live with for years to come.   It’s either going to make you proud every time you look at it or make you sick!  Hopefully after reading this post, you will have the tools you need to make an educated decision. (Editor’s note:  I have provided links throughout this post to illustrate what you should be looking for.)Ask Your Friends Which Tint Shops Did Their VehiclesTake a close look at the tint work on other people’s vehicles. Do you see bubbles, cracks, peeling, or signs of turning purple? If not, you might want to find out where this particular vehicle was tinted and add this shop to the list of shops to visit.  This is simply a starting point!   You still have work to do!Visit the Website of Tint Shops That You Are ConsideringNo website? That would be a definite strike against them. Quality shops are proud to display their workmanship in any way possible. The website should not only show pictures of the work, but also help to educate customers in an effort to help them make a decision.  Great shops are not afraid to share information and show off their expertise.  As I write this, the year is 2012.  EVERY business needs a quality website, especially a visual business like window tinting.Read Online ReviewsWhile online reviews should not be your only basis of consideration, you can usually learn a lot about the workmanship and the general business practices of the shop. You should be looking for a tint shop with a lot of reviews and the majority being positive. Nobody is perfect and you might find some negativity.  Be sure to consider how this negativity is handled. Some places to look for online reviews are Google Places, Yahoo Local, Yelp, Merchant Circle, etc. Many times you can find reviews on the companies own website.  Put more trust in the independent review sites since the owner has no control over those reviews.Visit the Tint Shop!Unless the steps above make you 100% confident in your decision, you need to visit the shops you are considering. Nothing short of a visit will help you decide whether this[…]

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  • Window Tint Augusta, Ga

    Oct 22, 2015 | 03:13 am

    The Benefits of Window TintingHaving tint applied to the windows of your car doesn’t just add to its aesthetic value, but can also generate other beneficial side effects. Darkened windows aren’t just for the upper crust riding around in limousines, paparazzi-shy celebrities, or presidential motorcades. Window tintingservices can be applied to any vehicle, new or used, to improve both value and performance.Benefits of Window TintingWindow tinting prevents the sun’s harmful UV rays from entering your car and more importantly your eyes and skin. Everyone already knows that high doses of UV rays can do considerable damage to your body.Skin Damage PreventionMany drivers who spend a great deal of time commuting may even develop skin cancer on the left side of their faces and arms. Keeping the sun’s rays from infiltrating your car with tinted windows can be a key step in ensuring that you’re doing your best to stay cancer free. Window tint film can keep almost 100% of UVA and UVB rays from entering your car and causing harm to your body.Stop Premature Aging Adding tint to your windows can even protect the car itself. These damaging rays can also work their way into the interior of your car. They permeate the car’s flooring, dash, seat covers, and any part exposed to the light. This can cause great damage to your vehicle and even cause the interior to emit dangerous chemicals due to being overheated.Added Safety. The adhesive used to attach the tint film to the window can also serve as a bonding agent for the glass in the tragic event of a car accident. It may help to reinforce the glass and keep the glass from shattering all over a driver or passenger or even prevent a body from flying through the windshield.Tint a Green Product?Even the environment can benefit from auto window tinting as well. The science here is simple. When you have window tint, your car doesn’t get as hot. If the interior isn’t incredibly hot, then you don’t have to run the air conditioning as much. Less air conditioning means less gas usage; this is good news for both the environment and your wallet.If you’re ready to add some tint to your car,home, office or boat Tint Masters in Evans, Ga can help you keep cool when the heat is on call 706-922-3131 or visit us on the web @ www.tintmastersevans.com if you have any questions.

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  • Why Window film in Evans, Ga ?

    Oct 17, 2015 | 06:12 am

    Why Window film in Evans, Ga ? Ultraviolet radiation can travel through car and home windows, where it can contribute to the daily accumulation of sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer and photoaging. UV-blocking films can not only protect you against this exposure, but can offer other benefits as well.Ultraviolet rays (UVR) are sneaky. Not only can they cause skin cancer and visible signs of aging, they're also very good at finding you. They can bounce off water, off sand, and they can penetrate glass. Which means that even if you're inside your car or house, if you're sitting next to a window with sunlight streaming in, you're at risk for UV damage.Fortunately, the "window film" revolution is gaining momentum. It began with automobiles in the 1990's. Research showed that drivers with left-hand drive developed more skin damage on the left side of their bodies, while those with right-hand drive developed more damage on the right. The reason? UVR streaming through the driver-side windows. "Long-time drivers are found to have rougher, more pigmented skin with greater solar damage on their driver's side," noted Albert Kligman, MD, PhD, emeritus professor of dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Philadelphia.All of a car's windows filter out the sun's short-wave, UVB rays -all glass will filter UVB, in fact - but only the windshield in cars comes partially treated against the sun's UVA rays. However, for several years in all 50 states, transparent UVA-filtering film has been available for vehicles' side and back window glass. It screens out almost 100 percent of UVB and UVA, without reducing visibility.And now, UVA-protective film has moved indoors big-time. Residential and commercial films come in flat sheets, in varied tints, cutting down glare by more than half while allowing 30-80 percent of visible light to get through, depending on the customer's wants. Like automobile film, they block out up to 99.9 percent of UVR. This helps prevent not only sunburn, but also the brief daily UV exposures that cumulatively accelerate skin aging and multiply the risk of skin cancer. In addition, the film can be lifesavers for people with diseases involving dangerous photosensitivity, such as xeroderma pigmentosum and lupus.Along with clear health benefits, window film offers other advantages:In hot weather, it cuts down heat within the home, which can reduce air conditioning expenses.In cold weather, it reflects interior heat back into the house, reducing heating costs.It helps keep sunshine from fading car upholstery and home[…]

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  • Dont Replace your windows Evans, Ga

    Oct 6, 2015 | 19:10 pm

    Dont Replace your windows Evans, Ga Below are some benefits of applying window film to your existing windows:Tinting reduces annoying glareTints can allow in more natural light than blinds and shadesTints also balance outside appearances of your home, giving it a whole new lookSubstantially reduces your electric billNFC rated films--our safety films are documented for performance99.9% UV rejection from our window tints protect your furnishings from fadingPrivacyOur films have a lifetime warranty Energy-efficient film can upgrade windows, sliders, doors, sun rooms, etc.Some of our films qualify for tax or and energy rebatesSecurity films will protect your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a weekTinting will allow light to pass through your windows while screening out heat and dangerous ultraviolet raysWe can help to eliminate hot and cold spots in your home or officeGain over 80% solar rejection with some of our filmsOur low emissivity (Low E) films improve insulating properties for year-round energy savingsOur tints are protected by durable, patented, scratch-resistant coatings and are applied with long lasting distortions-free adhesivesOur ceramic films offer superb heat rejection properties without compromising visibility and do not appear shinyCeramic films easily outperform all dyed, metallic and powder-coated films, while maintaining a clear viewYou can start “Going Green” with window films and tintsEnergy-efficient window films are equal to other energy saving measures such as high efficiency lighting, new control systems, and HVAC upgradesStarting to do research on improving the efficiency of your home is great step on lowering your electricity bills or even better trying to lower your carbon footprint. Remember your air conditioner usually is the highest part of your electrical costs in your home or office.Not only does Huper Optik Smart window films deliver a positive impact for the environment in energy savings and GHG emissions reductions, it also contributes to an avoidance of solid wastes typical of window replacement. 

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  • Window Tint Verses Blinds? What's the best choice in Augusta, Ga?

    Oct 4, 2015 | 11:40 am

    Keeps your home cool – Tinted windows act as extra shade. Almost like drapes without the fabric, it is a great way to keep the heat at bay. This significantly cools the home down without needing to lower the air conditioning.Protects indoor furniture – The sun has been known to warp and dry out furniture. The simple tint can deter this significantly. If you want to protect your couches, tables, flooring, and so on, this can help.Protects windows – Not only does this protect furniture, but it also protects the windows themselves. The tint prevents as much wear and tear from external forces. It also adds more strength to the glass.Maintenance free – Tinted windows require very low upkeep. They add no additional work for the homeowner, which is a great benefit on top of everything else.Doesn’t block your view – While curtains are a beautiful way to decorate a room, they can hide the beautiful outdoors if closed during the middle of the day. Tinted windows, on the other hand, provide shade and an open view.Durable – Tinted windows protect your home in case of an accident. For example, if a window breaks, this helps hold the broken glass together to prevent the window from shattering.Increases energy savings – Since tinted windows help keep a home cool, it is only natural that this means it also saves on air conditioning and electric bills.Protects against harmful UV rays – Regular windows have no filter to protect residents against sun exposure. Tinted ones, however, do. This is especially beneficial in Georgia where we see the sun almost daily.

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  • UV Blocking Fade Protection window film

    May 12, 2015 | 07:50 am

    Hüper Optik is the smarter choice for your residential solar control needs. When you want to have comfort and UV Protection, paired with high performance and great aesthetics for your home, the choice is clear. Hüper Optik.Hüper Optik nanotechnology residential window films not only greatly reduce the amount of heat (solar energy) in your home, they also reject 99.9% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. These ultraviolet rays are a significant cause of skin problems and fading of home interiors. While protecting valuable home furnishings, the nonreflective films have the added feature of low reflectivity at night so that the view is not obscured. The layer of film also provides an additional level of safety by keeping glass fragments together in the event of accidental breakage.#augustaga #evansga #aikensc #northaugustasc

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  • How window films save money in Evans, Ga 30809

    Mar 27, 2015 | 19:43 pm

    HOW WINDOW FILM SAVES ENERGYHEAT GAIN AND THE BUILDING ENVELOPEThe building enevelope is the physical separator between the interior and the exterior environments of a building. These at their most basic element would be your walls, windows, roof, and doors. The many functions of the building envelope can be separated into three categories.Support (to resist and transfer mechanical loads)Control (the flow of matter and energy of all types)Finish (to meet human desires on the inside and outside)Of these three catagories the control function is the core of good performance. The largest whole in the building envelope is the windows, it presents one of the largest control challenges and at the same time can be an area where a sizeable amount of energy can be saved. Over 30% of a commercial building's controllable expenses are on energy. By controlling heat transfer heating and cooling demands can be reduced thus saving money on utliity expenses and maintence costs.Energy for the sun radiates to our planet in various electromagnetic (em) wavelengths that make up what is known as the "Solar Spectrum." The Solar Spectrum can be divided into three regions Visible Light, Ultra Violet, and Infrared. These three regions radiate onto the building enevelope transmiting through glass windows and being absorbed by interior surfaces and bodies, it is re-radiated as heat. This re-radiated heat in turn increases the ambient temperature in the building's interior.CONTROLLING HEAT GAIN WITH WINDOW FILMWindow Film acts as a filter reducing the amount of transmittance of these 3 regions of the solar spectrum through windows thus dramatically changing the proportion of energy that is absorbed by the buildings interior and occupants. Considering the fact that it requires large amounts of energy to condition hot air into cooler air, window film can reduce large loads that are placed on HVAC systems reducing energy costs up to 30% and balancing out hot spots in homes and commercial buildings.CONTROLLING HEAT LOSS WITH WINDOW FILMThe second law of thermodynamics tells us that energy transfer is always from hot to cold. In cooler climates this means that the heat in buildings will convect through the surfaces with the least resistance back out into the cooler climate outside. The windows in the building enevelope  are typically the weakest system whereby energy is lost thus increasing heating demand resulting in higher energy consumption.Window films can reduce heat loss by lowering emissivity and the covection of energy through the window system. When[…]

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  • Window films provide UV-A and UV-B protection

    Mar 16, 2015 | 19:19 pm

    Window films provide UV-A and UV-B protection The center of this confusion is the sun's ultraviolet A (long-wave) and ultraviolet B (shortwave) rays. Our understanding of exactly what kinds of damage each causes to the skin, and how best to protect ourselves, seems to shift every year as new research comes out. For example, it was once thought that only UVB was of concern, but we keep learning more and more about the damage caused by UVA. And new, improved forms of protection against UVA keep emerging. Keeping up with these new developments is a worthwhile challenge that can help all of us prevent sun damage.UV radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye. These wavelengths are classified as UVA, UVB, or UVC, with UVA the longest of the three at 320-400 nanometers (nm, or billionths of a meter). UVA is further divided into two wave ranges, UVA I, which measures 340-400 nanometers (nm, or billionths of a meter), and UVA II which extends from 320-340 nanometers. UVB ranges from 290 to 320 nm. With even shorter rays, most UVC is absorbed by the ozone layer and does not reach the earth.Both UVA and UVB, however, penetrate the atmosphere and play an important role in conditions such as premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers. They also suppress the immune system, reducing your ability to fight off these and other maladies. By damaging the skin's cellular DNA, excessive UV radiation produces genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer. Both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization have identified UV as a proven human carcinogen. UV radiation is considered the main cause of nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC), including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). These cancers strike more than a million and more than 250,000 Americans, respectively, each year. Many experts believe that, especially for fair-skinned people, UV radiation also frequently plays a key role in melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, which kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.Most of us are exposed to large amounts of UVA throughout our lifetime. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth's surface. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent.[…]

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  • Can Evans, Ga Homeowners Use Renewable Energy for Their Home

    Feb 22, 2015 | 03:54 am

    Can Evans, Ga Homeowners Use Renewable Energy for Their Home Can I Use Renewable Energy for My HomeFossil fuels such as coal and natural gas can be converted to provide electricity, but once supplies are used up, they cannot be replaced. Sun, wind, and water are natural resources that are renewed continuously and can be harnessed to generate energy with a lower environmental impact than fossil fuels. For homeowners, renewable energy can reduce your need for conventional power and offers the potential for considerable energy savings.Grid-Connected SystemsWhile people living in remote areas may use stand-alone renewable energy systems, most homeowners purchase a grid-connected system. When the sun is shining, the water is running, or the wind is blowing, the system provides the power. If resources are less plentiful, electricity from the grid takes over, and your utility charges the difference between what you use and what you produce. Conversely, when your system generates excess electricity, your utility buys it from you in the form of credits to your bill.Solar Electric SystemsA solar electric system, also called a photovoltaic system, typically involves installing solar panel racks on a roof. Sunlight captured by the panels goes through a converter that generates electricity to heat your home and water as well as power appliances and lighting. Companies may lease panels to homeowners, and some communities offer collective solar systems in which each homeowner gets a share of the power generated. To see if your state offer rebates, tax credits, and other incentives for solar electric systems, check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.Wind Electric SystemsIf you have at least one acre of land with good wind resources, you can install a small wind turbine that reduces energy costs by as much as 90%. These turbines are large fans atop 100-foot towers. Wind turns the fan blades to power an internal generator that connects to your breaker panel. Because peak operating times for wind and solar systems occur at different times of the day and year, homeowners often choose hybrid systems that combine the two resources.Water Electric SystemsIf you have a stream, creek, or other source of flowing water on your property, you can install a small 10-kilowatt hydropower system that will generate enough electricity to power a large home. Typically, hilly or mountainous sites with steadily falling water work best for this type of system.Renewable Energy RequirementsTo determine the ideal system type and size for your property, contact your state or local[…]

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  • Window to the world

    Jan 27, 2015 | 07:38 am

    Window to the world Window to the World Beauty, safety and energy savings. It’s amazing what a thin layer of window film can do for glass used in homes and buildings alike. Window film is an often overlooked means of energy efficiency and protection that combines practical function and aesthetic beauty. Many homeowners are unaware, have misconceptions of, or don’t fully understand the benefits of window film. This makes it critical for homebuilders to be educated on its advantages so that they can offer it to homeowners as a way to increase their own profits while giving buyers better efficiencies.WHAT EXACTLY IS WINDOW FILM? Window film is a flexible product composed of one or more layers of coated or chemically treated polyester that can be installed on glass. It’s primarily used for retrofit applications to existing windows. There are many types of window film. Most fall into the solar control category. These films are designed to help protect a home or commercial building from the harmful effects of the sun including heat, fading and UV radiation. Other types of film include decorative, privacy and security. There are literally hundreds of options to choose from. WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM WINDOW FILM?Anyone from residential homeowners to commercial building owners/tenants can benefit from window film. Window film can save money on electric bills, protect people from harmful UV rays that can cause skin-related issues including cancer and they can protect valuable interiors by helping to reduce fading. What are some of the other benefits of window film?Reduce the amount of heat that transmits through glass windows and doors;Make homes and buildings more energy efficient in summer and winter;Reduce glare and enhance visibility;Increase privacy in the home;Block up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays;Help hold glass shards together if broken; andHelp reduce fading of flooring and furnishings. DOES WINDOW FILM HELP SAVE MONEY?The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that one-third of a building’s cooling load is from solar heat gain through windows, and nearly 75 percent of existing windows are not energy efficient. Professionally installed window film can reduce cooling costs by up to 30 percent. In the winter, the film helps retain interior heat, reducing heating costs. Many window films can qualify for “green” credits, and energy rebates helping homeowners become more energy efficient while reducing costs.IS WINDOW FILM EASY TO MAINTAIN?Windows with film applied are easy to clean with a soft, non-abrasive, clean cloth, paper towel or synthetic sponge. Be sure[…]

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  • Huper-Optik window films qualify for tax credits

    Jan 20, 2015 | 17:10 pm

    Congress Extends Tax Credit For Energy Saving Window FilmThe International Window Film Association Educates Consumers On How To Take Advantage of the $500 Tax CreditJanuary 06, 2015 09:17 AM Eastern Standard TimeWASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Window Film is eligible for tax credits recently extended by Congress and the tax incentive can cover up to 10 percent of the cost of the installation of window films to a maximum of $500, reports the International Window Film Association (IWFA). The one-year retroactive tax credit may allow taxpayers to claim the incentives on their 2014 returns filed in 2015.“We are delighted that Congress recently passed HR 5771 that includes tax incentives for energy efficient home improvements, such as installing window film,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the nonprofit IWFA. To make people more aware about the many benefits of window films the IWFA offers informational videos available at www.iwfa.com and free consumer booklets.As a long-term and cost-effective solution for saving energy, window film qualifies in the legislation as part of a building’s ‘insulation envelope’. It can reduce energy consumption from solar heat gain in summer or reflect interior heat back inside in winter, while allowing in natural light without the negative impact of UV exposure. Year-round, window film can help to control glass breakage and may prevent glass shards from hurting people. Consumers should check with their window film installer or smanufacturer to determine if their product qualifies under the tax incentive program.While reducing our energy use and an energy user’s overall carbon footprint, some energy-efficient changes require significant investment, but window film has been shown to be a cost-effective means of improving energy performance. Window Film is also part of the California building code, in part due to its recognition for offering a high-value, low-cost method for saving energy.About the International Window Film AssociationThe International Window Film Association (IWFA) is a unified industry body of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the industry by providing unbiased research, influencing policy and promoting awareness of window film. The organization builds alliances with trade associations, utilities and government agencies to advance dealers’ and distributors’ businesses and provide value to their customers. Join the IWFA on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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  • Evans, Ga homeowners save energy and block harmful UV with window film.

    Jan 10, 2015 | 05:57 am

    International Window Film Association (IWFA) — yeah, I didn’t realize that existed — reported last week that “a comprehensive analysis of window film found it to be the most cost-effective energy saving choice for Californians when used in retrofit applications on homes and buildings.” Interesting.Energy & Financial SavingsThe paypack period for window film was identified to be less than two years, with up to 70% return on investment (ROI). Of course, construction details, location, and window film used have an effect on the matter and can alter the energy savings and ROI.Window Film’s BenefitsHow does wind film help? Window film reduces solar heat gain while still letting in light. As a result, it lowers residents’ and businesses’ air conditioning and lighting costs. Window film also helps to cut out glare and UV exposure.Combine window film with some white roofs and energy-efficient appliancesyou’ll have a pretty rockin’ electricity bill!The Window Film AnalysisThe analysis, conducted by ConSol, “compared installing window film on existing structures in the state to other traditional energy saving techniques such as updating HVAC systems, air sealing and caulking, and adding R-38 ceiling insulation, and found that window film came out ahead.”“With over 70 percent of the buildings and homes in the California market having been constructed before 1980, window film has to be high on the list for every building retrofit project across the state,” said Mike Hodgson, president of ConSol.

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  • Window film, an energy savings superhero?

    Dec 31, 2014 | 03:38 am

    To the casual observer, energy efficiency means very little, that is until they see the cost savings associated with making tweaks to their homes and businesses.  According to a new report, one energy retrofit may be more efficient than the rest.Who's thought of installing window film on their windows lately?  Well, the International Window Film Association (IWFA) says you may want to move that up on the priority list.In a study commissioned by the IWFA, and conducted by ConSol, the energy saving effect of installing window film was compared to several traditional energy saving techniques, such as updating HVAC systems, adding R-38 ceiling insulation, and air sealing and caulking.  The study took place in California and used the same variables the California Energy Commission uses in assessing energy savings.The data shows that installing window film on new homes and businesses is not an attractive energy efficiency measure, as the windows are already using high performance glazing.  For example, the return on investment for window film installations in new office spaces is small, standing at 1%-3% per year.Although, the story changes completely when discussing older homes and buildings.  In this area, the savings per cost of adding film to windows out performed all other energy saving measures. Three differing regions of the California were studied.  In the mild climate of Oakland, the return on investment ranged between 6% and 37% -- single pane existing windows have a 37% ROI, while double pane windows pay back at about 20% annually.Meanwhile, the warmer climates of San Diego and Pasadena offered an even greater investment opportunity.  In San Diego, the ROI ranged from 16%-64%, with single pane windows paying back at an annual rate of 32%-64% and double pane windows paying at 20%-44%.  Pasadena saw the largest cost savings.  In this region, outfitting single pane windows with film represented a 34%-68% return on investment annually, while double pan windows represented a 20%-46% ROI.Depending on the construction, location, and window film used, the study shows that installations will be paid off within two years.  There are several reasons for window film's effectiveness as an energy efficient tool.  For example, it reduces solar heat gain, while letting in natural light without harsh glare and UV exposure; therefore, it reduces air conditioning costs and lighting bills.There is no doubt that installing window film on older homes and buildings is a smart investment in warm or moderate climates (cold climates were not assessed).  However, the[…]

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  • Can I slow down the fading and the damage to my furniture and wood floors with window film in Augusta, Ga ?

    Nov 22, 2014 | 04:47 am

    Hüper Optik is the smarter choice for your residential solar control solution. The excellent performance of these films exceeds the growing expectations of discerning consumers who are increasingly concerned about comfort, aesthetics, safety and security in the home.Hüper Optik nanotechnology window films not only greatly reduce the total solar energy buildup in the house, they also cut off more than 99.9% of the ultraviolet rays that cause skin problems and fading of interiors. While protecting valuable home furnishings, the nonreflective films have the added feature of low reflectivity at night so that the view is not obscured. The layer of film also provides an additional level of safety by keeping glass fragments together in the event of accidental breakage.Excelling as the industry leader, Hüper Optik is constantly upgrading and improving to meet the changing needs of our consumers. Our commitment is to deliver high-quality products and establish total customer satisfaction by providing the finest solar control solutions, creating the perfect window.

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  • No, we just can't put auto film on your home or business

    Nov 13, 2014 | 06:07 am

    Professional dealer installers have film-to-glass recommendations from their manufacturers to use in assisting the customer in selecting the correct film for the particular windows and product benefits desired by that customer. Professionally installed films look better longer and are usually more likely to perform to specifications for their warranted lives, or even longer, than those improperly installed. Professional dealer installers have experience and/or training which can help them to identify unique or unusual circumstances which might affect either the installation or performance of a particular product in a given situation and might not otherwise be noticed. The warranties offered on quality films installed by professional dealer installers usually cover costs of removal, costs of replacement film, and costs of reinstallation. Film purchased elsewhere will likely only be covered for costs of replacement film in the event of a problem or product failure. Remember that the best film installed improperly or used in a situation where a professional dealer installer might not otherwise install that particular film will likely not live up to the customer’s expectations.

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  • The Terminology to know when Considering Window Film

    Sep 14, 2014 | 10:28 am

    The Terminology to Know When Considering Window FilmLike most products that perform one or more technical functions, window film carries with it a set of terms that may be over the head of the average consumer at first glance. There certainly are words we’ve all seen and used – light energy, heat energy, even ultraviolet and infrared. Beyond those, there are the more scientific terms, like reflectance, transmittance, and absorption.Window film language gets even more technical than that. Is it important for you to know and grasp every window film technical term? Of course not. But familiarity with some of the basic language used to describe how window film works will help you make a more informed purchasing decision. You’ll better understand the differing functions of various films, which allows you to make a smart choice. And you’ll level the playing field a bit when it comes to talking with the window film professional who estimates and installs your project.Here is a bit of window film terminology to know:Total Solar EnergyThis is the entire spectrum of the sun’s energy that reaches the earth’s surface. It’s made up of visible light, ultraviolet (UV) light, both UVA and UVB, and infrared (IR) energy. Window films manage all of these types of energy to some degree, and for different purposes.Visible Light TransmittedThis is a measurement of the amount of sunlight a piece of glass lets through. A very dark window film may transmit only 5-10% of visible light into a room, while a light or nearly clear film may allow 90% and up. Visible Light Reflected indicates how much light is bounced back to the source, whether the source is the sun outside or the building’s interior lighting.UV RejectionDamage is caused to interior furnishings and carpet, not to mention to the skin of room occupants, by UV rays. UV rejection tells you how much of this harmful radiation is turned away by the window film.EmissivityEmissivity is essentially the insulating quality of a piece of glass or of the window film covering it. Low-emissivity (Low-E) films reflect a great deal of the heat generated on a building’s interior back inside, a desirable quality for window films installed in colder climates.U-FactorU-Factor indicates the level of heat energy, independent of the sun’s radiant energy, that passes through a glass/window film assembly. It’s calculated with a multiple of the difference between indoor and outdoor air temperatures, and[…]

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  • 5 Common Misconceptions about Window Film

    Sep 10, 2014 | 19:05 pm

    5 Common Misconceptions about Window FilmThe popularity of window film is increasing, but many consumers still aren’t sure if window film is the right choice for them. Window film has been around since the 1970’s, and while there have been major innovations in the industry, many people may have an idea or image about films stuck in their minds that isn’t accurate.To give consumers a clearer perspective, let’s take a closer look at five of the most common misconceptions about window film.1. Window film is expensive.Not true. One of the benefits of window film is that it’s much more affordable than installing new windows, but offers many of the same benefits. Professionally-installed solar control films can also significantly reduce cooling costs for homes and commercial buildings. Determining exact energy savings can be difficult because many factors contribute to energy use such as the fluctuating cost of fuel, amount of direct sun exposure, type of film installed, etc. However, typical payback in energy savings is usually 2–5 years, sometimes less.2. Window films turn purple.Not anymore. While this may have been true in the early 1980’s, when you commonly saw cars with windows that had a purple hue due to the discoloration of tint. The technology behind today’s automotive films is more advanced including developments in metal deposition methods, color extruded base materials, and specialty coatings. With proper installation of quality films, that type of discoloration is very rare.3. Window film is too dark.False. Window films come in a variety of light transmissions, allowing buyers to customize the amount of light they want for the space. Even the lightest films still block up to 99% of harmful UV rays. With today’s technology, many window films can block a significant amount of heat while still allowing in 60-70% of the visible light. With the help of a professional dealer, the buyer can decide which shade will offer the look and protection they wish to achieve.4. Window Film is not designed to last long.Incorrect. Window film is manufactured with longevity in mind. In fact, many window film providers offer a warranty of up to 15 years for commercial installations, and some residential and automotive window film applications come with a warranty that lasts as long as you own the house or car.5. Window film causes glass to break.Only in rare cases. Adding solar control film to glass increases the glass temperature, but properly chosen film installed correctly[…]

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  • 5 Things you might not know about sun protection

    Sep 5, 2014 | 04:07 am

    5 things you might not have known about sun protectionAug 28, 2014While enjoying the outdoors is a must, so is protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays all year round.Most of us think if we slather on the sunscreen – the higher the SPF the better – that we are adequately protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays. But really, that’s only half true.1. Higher isn't necessarily betterFor babies and small children, it’s especially important to apply sunscreen on them. The brands that are geared towards kids are usually SPF 60 or higher. But while that number is high, it’s not necessarily better than an SPF 30, especially if you are only applying the SPF 60 once.The important thing about wearing sunscreen is the frequency with which you apply it. While SPF 15 is the lowest you should use, it, and any other SPF number sunscreen you use, should be applied at least each hour you are outdoors.2. Shade only does so muchUmbrellas and shade may offer protection from the sun’s heat, but they do not protect you from UV rays. Sun damage can easily occur in the shade where the SPF protection is only five to seven. If you are at the beach or near water, UV rays can bounce off sand and water and reach you under your umbrella, which makes reapplying your sunscreen even when under any type of shade even more important.3. Waterproof protectionWhile there are sunscreens that claim to be waterproof, there is actually no such thing. Between sweating and swimming, these sunscreens only last a maximum of 80 minutes safely, 40 if you are swimming. Despite the “all-day” or waterproof label, you still need to reapply sunscreen every one to two hours.4. A sunscreen for all seasonsA common myth is that sunscreen is only need during the summer months. Just as UV rays bounce off water and sand, the same occurs with snow and ice. Also, dry winter skin is especially vulnerable to UV rays.5. Medications and the sunIf you are on birth-control, antihistamines or other medications, you could be more sensitive to the sun, making you a prime target for sunburn, despite applying sunscreen. Ask your doctor about any medications you are taking to find out if any of them are making you sun sensitive.The next time you step outside, remember that applying and re-applying sunscreen is your best line of defence[…]

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