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By blogaccess, Jul 18 2019 10:16PM

It’s in everyone’s best interest to reduce the amount of energy we use. Not only do you reduce your carbon footprint and energy waste, you’ll also save money on your power bills. Here are some of the most useful and practical ways you can reduce home energy usage!


Switch to LEDs – LED bulbs require an initial investment that puts some people off, but they’re a far more efficient and inexpensive solution long term. Not only do they last longer (some LEDs work for more than twenty years!), but they reduce the amount of energy you consume by up to 90% compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. Plus, rather than burning out in a sudden flash, LEDs experience a more gradual decline that makes them easier to live with when they need replacement. Just by swapping out one bulb for an LED model, you’ll reduce your energy bill for that light source by 30-80 dollars over the course of the bulb’s life.


Have Home Window Film Installed – Window films are retrofitted to your existing windows and come in a variety of energy-conserving styles that reduce your energy usage by putting barriers between your home and the outside world. Professionally installed window films block nearly 80% of the sun’s heat, which can really help lower the interior temperature and the amount of air conditioning you need. In addition, during the winter, some low-e window film options help create an insulating layer on your windows to trap your home’s heat inside the house and reduce your heating bill.As a side benefit, most home window films block 99% or more of the sun’s UV rays which can help reduce the impact of cancer causing rays that damage skin as well as fade furnishings and flooring. Go with a pro who can make sure that the films are installed correctly and get you the best possible return on investment by choosing the right film for your application.


Switch to Time-Based Electricity Rates – To cut down on peaking power usage, some utility companies encourage customers to use electricity during off-peak hours. The energy company saves money during high-use hours and the customer receives those savings through rebates or lowered electricity rates. By using energy when others aren’t, you reduce consumption needs during busy times and help keep energy usage balanced for everyone.These programs are especially useful for people with electric or hybrid cars that recharge overnight, but it’s just as easy for people who can easily do things like run dishwashers overnight rather than during the day, for example. Also, technology like home window film mentioned above helps reduce energy usage from the sun’s heat during the peak hours you are trying to limit your consumption.


Kill “Energy Vampires” – Did you know that appliances leech energy even when they’re powered down? Large appliances like fridges, desktop computers, and especially televisions can be draining power even when they’re off, to the extent that as much as 20% of your electric bill can come down to this “vampire power” usage. Turns out that every appliance that stays plugged in is pulling electricity, and most appliances continuously use energy even when “off” to perform updates, connect to servers, and record data. To reduce your energy leaks, be sure to unplug all your devices that you can when you’re not using them. This is easier if you’re using a power strip that allows you to quickly flick off appliances without reaching down and physically unplugging them.


We hope this article helped you with some ways you can reduce home energy usage beginning tomorrow. Our company specializes in helping homeowners improve the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes utilizing modern window film technology. If you have any questions or would like more information, we would be happy to discuss the options of implementing a window film into your Indianapolis area home. Call (317) 541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and (317) 762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.


By blogaccess, May 31 2019 04:49PM

You know the old saying of “The only thing certain is death and taxes.”? Well, you can also probably add increasing utility bills to that statement. However, you can fight back by integrating some intelligent home retrofits to improve energy efficiency in your house. It seems like one retrofit that is being discussed these days is the use of a home window film on your existing windows. Not only is this option more cost effective than window replacement, it is also much less disruptive to your home. This article summarizes what several prominent sources are saying about home window films that we wanted to share with you.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HOW HOME WINDOW FILMS IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY


Angie’s List – Applied to the interior windows, solar film keeps ultraviolet light away from the interior of the home and improves your home’s energy efficiency — that controls the temperature year-round. It also minimizes fading of flooring and furnishings…window film can improve the efficiency of any window, including those with low-E glass.


U.S. Department of Energy – Window films… can be useful for homeowners who don’t want to block views with other window treatments, but who have issues with glare and solar heat gain. They can also be a good choice on windows that are difficult to fit with other window treatments, or in places where artwork, furniture, or carpeting could be faded by UV exposure.


Energy Central – 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.


Home Energy Magazine – In the hot summer months, the window tint would prevent ultraviolet (UV) light from penetrating into his home causing the floors, walls, and furniture to heat up and drive up the interior temperature decreasing energy efficiency.


If you would like more information about these innovative home window films and how they can be retrofitted onto your home’s existing windows to improve energy efficiency, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss the options of implementing a window film into your vehicle, home or commercial space. Call (317) 541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and (317) 762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

By blogaccess, Feb 1 2019 04:12PM

IF YOU NEED TO REDUCE GLARE AND HARSH LIGHT, WINDOW FILM CAN HELP!


Most people think of window film or window tinting primarily as something that helps in the Summer. However, Winter is often the time when glare and harsh light become big issues. Is there a way to reduce glare, harsh light and improve home comfort while maintaining your views? The answer is yes, but first let’s look at why this problem may be worse in the Winter.


There are three reasons this is the case:


- The sun is lower in the sky during these months which means that it is shining more directly into your windows versus from a more overhead position in the Summer months.


- There are no leaves on the trees to block the sun. Many homes and commercial properties have foliage in the Summer that serves to offer some shade. In the Winter, with this gone, they have to deal with glare issue that are not present at other times of the year.


- The refection of the sun off of the snow. When there is a layer of snow on the ground, it acts like a big mirror to reflect the sun’s rays. This can make any harsh light issue even worse at this time of the year as it is actually amplifying the light coming through the glass.


SO, WHAT CAN WINDOW FILM DO?


The window film we offer is likely not like the picture in your head of a darkly tinted car. Technology has enabled current window films to block a great deal of glare as well as heat without restricting your view. In fact, like a high quality pair of sunglasses, the innovative technology found in window film today actually serves to enhance your views. The harsh light and glare is eliminated allowing your eyes to relax and your home or commercial space to become a more comfortable place to be.


We hope this article served to “shed some light” on how window films can be used to reduce glare and improve home comfort in the Winter. If you would like more information, click HERE. If you have any questions, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss the options of implementing a window film into your Indianapolis, Indiana area home. Call (317) 541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and (317) 762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.


By blogaccess, Dec 14 2018 04:07PM

Do you like home improvement projects? If you answered yes, you should really consider all the benefits a professionally installed window film can offer. In an article in NOLA.com, author Marni Jameson and Darrell Smith from the International Window Film Association discuss the benefits of window films to a homeowner and why they should consider it for home improvement projects.


Here are some points that were brought up in the article:


Color Neutral Options – “If you don’t want to change the color of your home’s natural light or see any metallic shine, ask for a color neutral day-lighting film,” Smith said. Your windows will save energy but give up next to nothing in light quality.


Lower Bills – In hot weather, solar-control films can block up to 80 percent of the solar energy coming through windows, which cuts down on air conditioning. “It usually translates into a year-round savings of about 5 to 10 percent of the home’s total energy bill,” Smith said, and much more during hot months.


Added Protection – Visible light lies on the spectrum between ultraviolet, which damages furniture, and infrared, which beams heat. Treated windows will block 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays, thus greatly slowing the deterioration and fading of drapes, carpet and furniture.


Decorative Applications – Today’s window films also can inexpensively make clear glass look etched or frosted for privacy or a decorative effect.


Not a Fix - If your window is in bad shape, leaking or poorly insulated, adding film won’t fix that. Deteriorating windows should be replaced. However, if your windows are in good shape, don’t replace them just for energy efficiency, Smith said. Try film first.


If you would like to read the entire article, click HERE


If you would like to learn more about how window films can help with your upcoming home improvement projects, click HERE. If you have any questions, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss the options of implementing a window film into your Indianapolis, Indiana area home. Call (317) 541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and (317) 762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.


By blogaccess, Jun 20 2018 11:22PM

Residential window tinting can be a very cost-effective way to reduce energy, minimize glare, protect your furnishings and increase the security of your home. The best part is that this film can typically be done as a retrofit to your existing windows with very little disruption to your home. Take a moment to read this excerpt from an article that appeared in How Stuff Works that discussed the top benefits of having your home windows tinted.


Excerpt from an article written by Jessica Brown


“Curtains, furniture and even flooring can fall victim to the effects of the sun. One of the leading culprits in fading your valuables is ultraviolet light. To keep those home furnishings and decorations looking their best, a window film with a high percentage of ultraviolet light rejection would be a good choice. Many films can now block almost 99 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.


Ultraviolet light can not only fade your furniture, but too much of it can affect your health. Ultraviolet rays are the reason for sunburns and are also seen as one of the risk factors for cancer. According ­to the Report on Carcinogens released by the Department of Health and Human Services, ultraviolet radiation is a known human carcinogen [source: National Institutes of Health]. For working to prevent sun-induced skin damage, several types of window film have even been given the Skin Cancer Foundation‘s Seal of Recommendation [source: The Skin Cancer Foundation].


Some window films offer another benefit in the area of safety: shatter resistance. The film’s shatter resistance comes from its ability to hold glass shards together and act as a barrier between the interior of the home and the glass. Along with the safety benefits, window tinting can also help to reduce the glare on your television when viewing the big game. The percentage of glare reduction is usually related to the visible light transmittance. The lower the amount of light transmitted through the film, the greater the glare reduction inside the home.


While a darker film can offer more glare reduction and privacy, a clearer film offers a more natural view from the window. Darker films can also have higher values for reflectivity. Reflectivity can be beneficial when reflecting the sunlight, but it can be less desirable when the view out of your windows at night includes a shadowed version of the room’s interior.”


If you would like more information on the benefits of residential window tinting, click HERE and call 317-541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and 317-762-8468 for our Greenwood location. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing window film solution in your home.

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