Nothing ruins the vibe faster than a hot, uncomfortable room. Employees can’t focus in a hot office. And you and your coworkers are constantly at each other’s throats from the discomfort.

A lot of us like the light that windows provide. But with light comes heat. And during the summer, no one wants to sit in a hot building. Blinds and curtains will help subdue the heat a little bit, but they won’t stop it entirely. And you’ll lose out on a lot of light.

If you’re looking for something you can put on your windows to keep the heat out, you might want to try installing window film. With window film, you can keep the hot air out of your office and you don’t have to give up the natural light and aesthetic look you love.

What Is Window Film?

Window film is a thick, pliable material that’s designed to keep heat out of buildings. One side of the film has an adhesive layer so it can be stuck onto your windows and the other side is covered with a hard, but thin scratch-resistant coating. It can be added to pretty much any shape, size, or type of windows. There are even liquid window films that can be installed on textured or bent glass.

How It Works Its Magic

Once in place, heat-reflecting materials help control light frequencies coming into your building. Visible light illuminates the interior, but heat is intercepted by the film. That way, your hvac unit isn’t working twice as hard to control temperatures inside your office or building. Your discomfort is kept to a minimal and so are your energy bills.

Where Can You Get It?

Window tint and film can be bought from online sources and hardware stores. However, if you’re not experienced with installing these products, we recommend working with a professional. That way, you don’t end up with a bunch of bumps and creases on your windows.

Different Types of Window Film

Almost all window films will work to some degree or another to block heat. But, there may be other benefits you can enjoy in addition depending on the type of film. For example, some solar control films also work as safety films for preventing accidents and break ins. And some privacy films also provide uv protection. Here are some great window film options for controlling heat and light.

Daylight Redirecting

If you’re installing window film for an office, then Daylight Redirecting Film is definitely an option you should consider. This window film not only reduces heat, but also increases natural light. This way, you get all the benefits of the sun without having to deal with the consequences. Studies show that extra sunlight can increase productivity, reduce the amount of times people call in sick, and boost job satisfaction.

Low-E Window Film

Low-E window film is a great four season option. Unlike most window films, which are most effective during the warmer months of May-August, low-e window films work year round. During the summer, they block heat out, but in the wintertime, counter-acting technology kicks in to trap heat indoors. That way, the icy chill of winter is kept out of your store or office.

UV Blocking

Heat isn’t the only consequence of too much sun. Fading is another side effect of over exposure to sunlight. Uv rays sneak into your windows during the daytime and slowly deplete the life and color of your furniture. As a result, you end up with washed out colors and fading flooring. UV blocking films keep uv rays out, so you can enjoy the sun without worrying about it destroying your stuff.

Work with an Expert

There are lots of great window film options out there for blocking heat. But the best way to find the right fit for you and your property is to work with a professional. They’ll be able to help you sort through and narrow down your options so that you find the right style and type of film for your building. This is a service we are happy to provide. To schedule a free consultation, please call or email our office.

When it comes to window tinting, Mike Kinsey is a subject matter expert. For the past fifteen years, Mike and his team have been installing window film for commercial properties located in Salt Lake and the surrounding areas of Logan, Park City, Provo, Orem, and Ogden, totaling over 250,000 square feet of film. Mike is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education and is well-equipped with knowledge of the latest industry innovations. As the head of operations at Commercial Window Tinting Salt Lake, he is charge of overseeing all projects from start to finish. He enjoys finding out of the box solutions to complex problems and developing solid relationships with local business owners though the process of helping them accomplish their architectural goals.