You’ve probably heard the term “Low-E” when talking about window films. There’s a lot of hype around them nowadays as energy costs rise and people seek ways to save money on these expenses. We sell and install Low-E window films so we can verify that they save customers money and have an ROI in approximately three years. They do this by reflecting up to 70% of solar heat gain off windows in the summer and storing 50 % of interior heat in the winter. The following are some useful facts regarding these amazing energy-saving films.

Low-E Window Film Defined

Low-e stands for low emissivity. Emissivity is the percentage at which heat is reflected from windows. The lower the “e-value” of a window film, the better. This indicates that it consumes less energy. Standard solar control films have an e-value of .84, whereas low-E films have even lower e-values, so they are more energy-efficient and save customers money on their power bills in addition to saving them money in other ways. This money saved is what all the excitement is about. Low-e films can be used in business or residential settings to save money on energy costs.

The Benefits of Low-E Window Films

Low-E window film protects people and property: Sunlight, in particular UV radiation that enters through windows, is harmful. They induce cancer and eye diseases in humans. When objects are exposed to UV radiation, they fade over time. Low E films prevent them from harming people and property from the sun’s rays.

Low-E Window Film Makes Spaces More Comfortable: Heat transfer across windows occurs as a result of solar heat gain through the glass. This adds up to interiors that experience hot spots or cold spots. Low-e window film works to even out temperatures within Chicago buildings, making them more pleasant.

Low-E Window Film is Easy and Fast to Have Installed:  Low-e window films or windows are the most cost-effective way to reduce energy expenditures.  However, Low-E windows are very expensive.  Low-E window films, on the other hand, are far more cost-effective than replacing your Chicago windows and can be done in a single day!

For more information on any of our world-class Low-E window films, contact us now to schedule an appointment or receive a quote for your Chicago structure.

Mike Kinsey has more than a decade of experience installing window film in the Chicago area. His years of experience have allowed him to develop a deep familiarity with all of the different types and styles of window film on the market including the various security, privacy, decorative, and energy efficient options. Together, he and his team have completed hundreds of commercial and residential installs, totaling an accumulation of over 250,000 square feet. In addition to being an expert on top brands such as LLumar, C-Bond, HDClear, Solar Gard, Solyx, and Huper Optik, Mike is also certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.