Solar-control films can block as much as 80% of the solar heat coming through glass into a building, thus decreasing the heat load on the air conditioning system and reducing energy costs. Professionally installed window film can reduce cooling costs by up to 30%.
Films can be darker for glare control or privacy purposes or appear almost totally clear, depending on the required building and customer needs. More than 250 solar control films are National Fenestration Rating Council-certified, so users can be assured of the energy performance potential of the window film. Safety/security films and solar-control films offer up to 99% UV protection as a standard feature.
Safety/security window film works when glass breaks, controlling the post-break behavior of the broken fragments, generally by holding the pieces together attached to the film. This may greatly enhance the safety of building occupants and protection of furnishings/interiors from damage caused by broken and/or flying glass pieces. These products can be used to bring unprotected glass up to certified safety standards for impact by objects and humans; enhanced blast protection, such as from a chemical explosion; and other events that create hazards from broken glass.
Decorative films can be used to make standard glass look like frosted, etched, or patterned glass in colors or in white or black matte looks, enhancing aesthetics and privacy. Although not designed specifically for that purpose, standard solar control films and decorative films have the ability to minimize a portion of flying glass fragments should the glass ever break.