According to the US Small Business Administration, about 40 percent of what businesses pay for energy goes towards heating and cooling. There are many factors in this cost with one of the main ones being windows. Consider the fact that many older commercial buildings are still equipped with single-paned windows.
A single-paned window has a U-factor of 1.07, which means that it is a very poor insulator. Heat can travel from the inside to the outside easily in the winter and from the outside to the inside in the summer. The result is an interior that is uncomfortably warm or cold depending on the season.
About Window Tinting
Window tint consists of a film that is placed over a building’s windows by a professional. The level of tint can range from completely clear to 70 percent visible light transmission. The term “visible light transmission” refers to the darkness of the tint.
Tinted windows can help to keep a commercial building cool in the summer. The cooling comes from the film’s ability to block ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light can cause interiors to get warmer by heating up walls, floors and furniture. The tint can prevent the loss of heat in the winter as well.
Tinting the windows in your commercial building can save you money by:
- Lowering Your Heating and Cooling Costs
The result of the higher interior temperatures is an increased burden on the HVAC system. If your HVAC system works harder, it uses more energy and your utility bills will be higher. Window tints lower the temperature inside the building, which lowers your air conditioner’s workload. Window tinting can reduce energy costs by 10 percent or more. It is possible for you to save as much as $1 for each square foot of window tinting film installed.
You can expect to see a return on your investment in as little as two years regardless of your climate zone.
- Reducing Your Maintenance Costs
Window tinting can also reduce how much you spend to maintain your equipment. A high workload means that your HVAC system its components are more susceptible to wear and tear. Because your HVAC system has a reduced workload, its parts do not need to be replaced as often so your maintenance costs go down.
- Increasing the Lifespan of Your Equipment
The reduced workload on your HVAC system also means that it can last for longer. Window tinting can keep you from having to replace your system as quickly as you would need to if your windows were not tinted.
- Being Relatively Affordable
Compared to other options for blocking ultraviolet light (such as solar window blinds and replacing windows) window tinting is relatively inexpensive.
Regardless of the size of a commercial building, it is possible to save money with window tinting. If you are thinking about having the windows in your place of business tinted, focus on quality. The quality of the film and the quality of the installation are both important. With the right window film and professional installation, window tinting can last for several years.