If you’ve been considering options for window insulation film, then you’re probably well aware than not all products are created equal. There’s a number of different winter window film options that are designed for thermal heat retention, as well as weatherizing window film to retain cool air during the hot summer months.
As for the former application for winter months, which window film options are best? Sure, there’s the classic solution of using plastic heat shrink films to cover windows during the colder months, but this quick fix option isn’t always applicable nor sustainable for certain projects, such as apartment buildings, condos, and offices with large windows.
When it comes to pinpointing the best winter window film for insulation and heat control, we’ve got you covered. Below are a couple of the best options we recommend for all types of applications, including the energy saving benefits customers can reap from their investment.
Insulating Window Film for Winter and Summer Months
It’s no mystery why one of the top choices for window insulation film is a product that offers the best of both worlds. That is, an insulating window film that effectively prevents heat loss during cold winter months while also shielding against heat gain during the summer months.
This top pick is the Thinsulate™ Window Film Climate Control Series from 3M™. Available for both commercial and residential applications, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Climate Control Series provides additional comfort and energy savings during both seasonal extremes throughout the year. In fact, this low emissivity window film helps improve the insulation value of a typical single-pane window close to that of a double-pane window, and of a double-pane close to that of a triple-pane.
What makes this option better than conventional alternatives is that it maintains optimal window clarity while also blocking the sun’s harmful rays during peak times of day. This summer/winter window film hybrid delivers high visible light transmission with a neutral appearance to help maintain a building’s existing appearance.
In addition to offer insulating properties and optimal visibility through windows, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Window Film Climate Control Series significantly blocks the amount of harmful UV rays that cause fading, helping to extend the life of furnishings.
When professionally installed, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Window Film Climate Control Series provides total solar energy rejection of 47% during the summer months, and heat loss reduction of 40% during the winter months. Over the course of the season, this investment can help both residential and commercial customers realize their energy savings goals.
Window Insulation Film for Commercial Applications
Designed specifically for commercial office buildings, retail storefronts, and other business applications, 3M™ All Season Window Film is another great option to improve energy savings and occupant comfort.
Similar to the Thinsulate™ Climate Control Series, 3M™ All Season Window Film is an insulated window film helps saves energy and enhances comfort during the cold winter months as well as during the heat of summer. With case studies showing a potential payback of three years, building owners can recoup their initial investment and realize sustainable energy savings for many years to come.
What also makes 3M™ All Season Window Film one of the best window insulation films is that it offers advanced sun control properties, such as UV blocking and anti-glare capabilities. For commercial spaces that demand a high level of focus and concentration, these benefits can help improve employee productivity while keeping a space naturally lit without needing blinds, drapes, and other conventional sun blocking measures.
This insulating window film treatment comes in two types: Low E 20 and Low E 35. The Low E 35 is slightly more advanced and provides greater solar energy rejection and visible light transmission. To learn more about this product, click here.
Final Thoughts on Winter Window Film
It seems like the cold season starts creeping in sooner than we can say goodbye to summer. For those located in northern regions, this couldn’t be more true. Instead of relying on quick fix solutions to help save on energy costs, consider a long-term investment that will pay for itself in just a matter of years. To learn more about your options, or to receive a free estimate for your project, get in touch with our team at Window Film Depot, America’s #1 3M™ window film installer.