WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As cooler temperatures return many homeowners complain about living spaces that are too cold or too warm, in response to this concern the International Window Film Association (www.IWFA.com) offers advice on how to make interiors cozier and save money.
"Sunlight streaming through windows can have a warming effect, but it can also be overdone," said Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit group. "The sunny side of a building can become unbearably hot, causing temperature imbalances and health concerns," he added.
"With larger windows to let in more natural light, a popular consumer and commercial trend, there are also problems that arise," said Smith. Examples include glare, fading of furnishings and floors, heat build-up and Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. Glass, or new windows do not block UVA, unless they are specially treated and worst of all, UVA rays are widely viewed by medical research authorities as linked to skin cancer. A report in the Clinical Interventions in Aging suggests protecting skin even when indoors.
With window film applied, a home's interior temperature can be made cozier without shutting out natural light. Window film delivers a transparent "solar shield" and can reject up to 80% of the sun's heat. In cooler months, some window films reflect room heat in and in summer, the home's interior can be cooler and more comfortable. All quality window films will block up to 99% of UV rays and reduce the impact of sunlight to cut down on fading and health concerns.
Window film offers a cozy outlook for budget-conscious consumers. For example, a single family home spending $3,000 annually for heating and cooling, will on a broad average basis potentially see a savings of between $450 to $900 annually after quality window film is professionally installed. Location, weather and energy costs can impact the savings result.
Another bonus of professionally installed window film is its eligibility for tax credits approved by Congress that offer up to 10% of the cost of window film installed in 2013, or in 2012 up to a maximum of $500.
For more information a free and informative Consumer Booklet is available for download from the IWFA. It offers energy savings tips and advice on extending the life of windows without changing their architectural integrity.
About the International Window Film Association
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) (http://www.iwfa.com) 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.
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