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Hotel Association Advises on Using Energy Saving Window Film

Hotel Association Advises on Using Energy Saving Window Film

Hotel Association Advises on Using Energy Saving Window Film

The American Hotel & Lodging Assiciation (AHLA) published an article that discusses how energy saving window film can be a cost effective solution for hotels dealing with heat gain issues. The article uses the Department of Energy‘s Energy Saving Calculator to look at how the return on investment of retrofitting existing windows with film versus replacing the windows. Using their research, the analysis showed that an energy saving window film installation would save enough on energy costs to pay for the job in roughly 2 years.

The article summary stated the following:

“A total window replacement with solar-control low-E windows does provide good energy savings; but is a relatively poor return on investment due to high material and installation costs. As a result, the return on investment for window film is faster than installing low-E windows.

In reviewing the replacement of windows or retrofit of energy-savings film, the application of energy saving window film should be strongly considered in lieu of window replacement only if existing windows are functionally sound.”

The article used reference pieces from the Department of Energy and the EPA’s Energy Star websites for their research.

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

If you would like to learn more about energy saving window film, click HERE. If you have any questions, contact us by calling 504-708-2209. We would be happy to discuss the window film options with you and provide you with a free, no obligation quote of implementing a window film product into your New Orleans, Louisiana area hotel or commercial space.

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?

The Basics

In simple terms, window films are comprised of a thin, strong sheet of polyester laminate that is treated in variety of ways to improve the look or performance of existing windows when applied. Typically, the film is applied to the interior surface of existing windows as a retrofit. To properly adhere to the glass, one side of the film has an adhesive that bonds the film to the glass surface and the other side has a scratch-resistant coating for durability.

There are window films created specifically for everything from automotive, RV and marine applications to home and commercial building improvement applications. There are also window films designed for decorative glass enhancements and to increasing the safety and security of glass openings.

Popular Uses

Automotive Appearance & Performance

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
Automotive window films not only makes your car stand out in a crowd, it also helps reduce the interior heat, cut distracting glare and block dangerous UV rays. These films make your vehicle look better, be more comfortable and protect the interior and your skin from sun damage. What is not to like? Modern technology has even allowed you to receive most of these benefits without noticeably darkening the glass. There is an automotive film to fit every vehicle, desired look and expected performance.

Energy Savings

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
Keeping a home or commercial building comfortable means utilization of a HVAC system. It is estimated that roughly 30% of the need for cooling and heating is as a result of heat passing through windows openings. Window films technology is such that it can actually act as an insulator on your window. Keeping the heat out in the Summer and helping retain the heat in the Winter. The result of this is that your HVAC system will not need to work as hard to keep the space at the desired temperature. By reducing the workload on the HVAC system, you are reducing the energy needed to keep your home comfortable.

Glare Reduction

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
Modern architecture often features large windows. While this opens up a space, often these large windows bring with them glare issues at certain times of the day. Window films can be used to reduce glare by up to 87%, relaxing your eyes and making it easier to do things like viewing a computer or television screen. Also, because modern window films are made with ultra-clear, distortion-free materials, other than the glare reduction, your views will be maintained and you probably won’t even know the film is there.

Preservation of Furnishings


First, let’s discuss what exactly causes this type of sun damage. A common misconception is that the sun’s UV rays are what cause sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings. While these UV rays are certainly the largest component that causes fading, as this chart illustrates, they only account for 40% of the total. Solar heat, or the heat you feel passing through your windows and the visible light streaming in are also major contributors. These account for an additional 25% each of the causes of fading. The last factor is listed as “other” as it is comprised of a variety of things that are harder to control and are not major overall contributors. These are things like interior lighting, humidity, etc.

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?

One of the first things you might realize from this chart is that you cannot “stop” fading completely. The fact is that unless the item you want to protect in a dark, climate controlled room, it will typically fade over time. However, if you plan to have the flooring and furniture in a place that will be exposed to these elements, the most you can do is attack the major contributors of fading. By significantly attacking these contributors, you can slow down this fading process and extend the life of your floors or furnishings. For these reasons, one of the best ways to attack the primary causes of sun damage and fading is with window film.

Add Decorative Element or Branding to Glass

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
Installing decorative window films to glass can provide privacy for the occupants of the space. The possibilities are nearly limitless as decorative window films come in frosted, tinted, or colored window film at various opacity levels to get the privacy you need without sacrificing natural light. In addition, decorative window films can be used to display company branding or to customize your space with unique designs, prints, or patterns, including styles that resemble cut or texturized glass. Finally, these films are easy to clean, durable and can be removed easily and inexpensively without damaging glass.

Safety & Security

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
It probably is no surprise to you that windows are the most vulnerable parts of any building. They represent easy points of entry for people who may mean harm to the occupants, the building itself, or its contents. In addition, in a natural or man-made disaster, flying glass from window is often a major contributor to injuries and death. However, when professionally installed safety and security window films are added, the glass doesn’t shatter, delaying the intruder’s entrance, and preventing flying shards of glass from harming anyone.

If you have any questions, would like more information on window films or would like to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with someone on our team, contact Snappy Tint by calling 504-708-2209. We would be happy to help you find out all the ways window film can benefit you in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.

Improve Commercial Windows with 3M Commercial Window Films

Improve Commercial Windows with 3M Commercial Window Films

Improve Commercial Windows with 3M Commercial Window Films

When tenants complain about rooms that are too hot or you notice that your energy costs are trending skyward, 3M Commercial Window Films can help improve commercial windows by helping increase tenant comfort, conserve energy and even increase safety and security. 3M commercial window films offer enhanced protection from accidents, natural disasters, break and entry, bomb blasts and flying glass fragments. They could also simply help upgrade your glass to code.

3M was issued the first sun control window film patent in 1966, and our innovative window film products have helped provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays for 50 years. Today, millions of square feet of 3M Window Film have been installed all around the world. Upgrade your building with 3M Window Film, and you’ll be reaping the rewards for years to come.

We’re ready to help you find the right solution to improve commercial windows in your facility.

Save Energy

Are your energy costs going through the roof? 3M Window Films can significantly reduce the amount of heat coming through your windows to help lower utility costs. Your tenants get a more comfortable environment, and you get increased energy savings.

  • Fast payback — as little as 3 years
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Save more money, no matter which climate zone you are in
  • Use toward potential LEED credits

 

Improve Comfort

Help keep your tenants comfortable, and you’ll keep them for the long run. 3M Window Films can significantly increase the comfort level of your building by virtually eliminating hot spots and cold spots, reducing glare and increasing safety without changing its aesthetics.

  • Reject heat and reduce hot spots
  • Reduce annoying glare
  • Increase insulation and reduce cold spots

 

Increase Safety

Accidents and natural disasters can wreak havoc on your building operations, but you can be better prepared to cope with the aftermath. 3M Window Film can help hold broken glass together, preventing flying glass shards, the leading cause of injuries and fatalities.

  • Engineered to protect people and property
  • Reduce damage and loss of data
  • Lessen business disruptions

 

Strengthen Security

Your tenants want to know they’re in a secure building, and you want to protect your data and merchandise. 3M Window Films can help protect people and property from outside threats like forced entry, vandalism and even bomb blasts.

  • Makes forced entry more difficult — can help to deter intruders for up to 2 minutes
  • Helps mitigate loss of assets
  • Reduces business disruptions

 

Enhance Décor/ Privacy

Give your tenants custom and elegant interiors that provide enhanced privacy without sacrificing natural light. 3M Glass Finishes let you define spaces without confining them.

  • Get expensive looks at a fraction of the cost
  • Create the look of etched, cut or sandblasted glass
  • Enhance the appearance of your space and add branding
  • Easier cleaning than custom glass

 

Redirect Light

Brighten your building’s interior and brighten your chances of landing a long-term tenant. 3M™ Daylight Redirecting Film uses micro-replication technology to cast light as far as 40 feet (12 meters) from the window.

  • Redirect light up onto the ceiling
  • Flood deep rooms with natural light
  • Reduce the need for electric lighting
  • More pleasant working environment

 

If you would like more information about 3M Commercial Window Films, click HERE. If you have questions, contact Snappy Tint by calling 504-708-2209. We would be happy to discuss ow easy it is to retrofit these innovative solutions into your New Orleans, Louisiana area commercial space today.

School Safety for Back to School – Is Your Child’s School Safe?

School Safety for Back to School - Is Your Child's School Safe?

School Safety for Back to School - Is Your Child's School Safe?

With Back to School upon us, we wanted to share an article about school safety and how security window film can be part of an overall solution to keep kids safe. This article was in Business Insider and is titled “Here are the best ways to protect schools, workplaces, and ourselves from active shooters.” The article talks about a variety of ways to increase school safety, and they specifically mention security window film. The article states the following in the section on the use of technology to improve safety:

“Protective and intrusion resistant doors and windows creating delays in an aggressor’s ability to gain entry. For pre-existing locations the addition of protective window film, improved locking mechanisms and/or frames as well as other reinforcement techniques can be effective.”

With that being said, we wanted to explain what protective security window film is and how it can be used to increase school safety. Security window film is typically a clear layer of polyester film that is applied to a building’s existing windows on the interior surface of the glass. The film comes in a variety of different thicknesses and can be installed in several different ways depending on the level of safety or security required. Once installed, this film will hold the glass fragments of the window together in the event of a break. As it relates to school safety and security, this film will hold glass fragments together and reduce the potential of injury from broken or flying glass in a natural disaster, an act of terrorism or inadvertent breakage.

In addition, and in the way the article was referring to, this film by keeping the glass intact will slow down or impede potential intruders from gaining access to the building and give authorities time to respond. Often, intruders are looking for the fastest and easiest point of access and because doors and gates have been fortified in recent years, the next easier access point would be through a window. That is why safety and security film should be considered as a way to fortify this vulnerability.

To read the complete article in Business Insider, click HERE

We hope this article helped you understand how security window film can be used to enhance school safety. Contact your school to find out what technologies they are implementing to keep your children and their students safer. If you would like more information, click HERE. If you have questions, contact Snappy Tint by calling 504-708-2209. We would be happy to discuss how these innovative films can improve the security in your New Orleans, Louisiana area school.

CNET Road Show Discusses Avoiding a Automotive Window Tinting Nightmare

CNET Road Show Discusses Avoiding a Automotive Window Tinting Nightmare

CNET Road Show Discusses Avoiding a Automotive Window Tinting Nightmare

No one wants to have a bad automotive window tint job. While most people do not understand all that goes into a good tint job, we all know what a bad one looks like. Recently Brian Cooley from CNET Road Show decided to look into what it takes to avoid an automotive window tinting nightmare. In the article, Brian discusses things to look for to make sure your vehicle gets an great tint job. We wanted to share the top six things mentioned in his article.

When deciding on an automotive window tinting location;

  • Look For Clean – Automotive Window Tinting starts and ends with cleanliness. Any dust floating around the place will end up permanently stuck to your glass.
  • Get a Guarantee – A lifetime warranty for the original purchaser on the film and the installation should not be out of the question.
  • Look at References – Have the shop show you a car they have done. Inspect it for edge to edge coverage, no bubbles or dirt trapped in the film and edges that aren’t lifting.
  • Don’t Sweat the Wet – Know that the inside of your car is going to a bit wet in the process. It’s OK, it’s less water than it looks like and a good tint shop knows where – and where not – to let water drip.
  • Let it Cure – It will be anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on temperature and other factors before you can put the windows down. New tint needs to breathe out all the moisture it was applied with.
  • Clean it Carefully – Tint is applied on the inside of glass. Once tinted, clean the tinted surfaces with a non-ammonia glass cleaner so you don’t break down the film’s scratch resistant coating.

 

If you would like to read Brian’s entire article, click HERE.

If you would like to learn more about the automotive window tint products and services we provide, click HERE, and then contact us by calling 504-708-2209. Find out why we are the #1 source for automotive window tinting in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.

Experts Agree, Window Film Can Help Cut Home Energy Bills This Summer

Experts Agree, Window Film Can Help Cut Home Energy Bills This Summer

Experts Agree, Window Film Can Help Cut Home Energy Bills This Summer

Several recent articles in major publications have experts agreeing that window films can help cut home energy bills. It’s one thing for us to say it, but we thought we would let the experts tell you what home window films can do.

From Reader’s Digest, in an article entitled “13 Clever Ways to Slash Your Home Energy Bills“, PJ Feinstein stated “If you have the money, replacing old windows with energy efficient ones is a worthwhile investment, as they also add value to your home. A lower-cost option is to install window film that blocks out the summer sun’s heat, reducing demand on your cooling system, and helps keep warm indoor air from escaping during the winter.”

In addition, the Orange County Register in California had an article entitled “4 Ways to Help Older Homes Meet New Energy Goals” in which green-building guru C.R. Herro stated “Install energy-efficient window film: These clear films filter out ultraviolet light, keeping homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. That will greatly improve your air conditioning costs,” Herro said. “It has additional benefits, since UVs bleach-out floors and break down fabrics. So it will improve the durability of things that get direct sunshine.”

Finally, the Fox News recently had an article entitled “7 Ways to Cool Your Home Without an Air Conditioner” their resident handyman said “Window films offer a ton of benefits, from cutting energy costs to providing you privacy while still enjoying the view and light of the great outdoors. They can provide up to 98 percent infrared heat reduction compared to unprotected windows, and reduce temperature imbalances in your home.”

With these experts taking about how window film can cut home energy bills, isn’t it worth you looking into it this Summer as the temperature rises? If you would like to learn more, click HERE or call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to discuss the options with you and provide you with a free, no obligation quote of implementing a residential window tinting product into your New Orleans, Louisiana area home.

Check Out These Top Benefits of Residential Window Tinting

Check Out These Top Benefits of Residential Window Tinting

Check Out These Top Benefits of Residential Window Tinting

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 or call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to discuss the options with you and provide you with a free, no obligation quote of implementing a residential window tinting product into your New Orleans, Louisiana area home.

Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Spring has finally arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana and as a way to honor May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share this important sun safety information with you. Did you know drivers in the U.S. have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side due to exposure while driving? Practice good sun safety by having a UV blocking window film installed on your vehicle. In fact, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window tint as part of a comprehensive skin care program stating,

“The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is associated with most cases of skin cancer, which will affect one in five Americans over a lifetime. UV radiation reaches us in the form of shortwave UVB and long-wave UVA rays, but glass blocks only UVB effectively. Although car windshields are partially treated to filter out UVA, the side windows let in about 63 percent of the sun’s UVA radiation; rear windows are also unprotected, leaving back seat passengers exposed. There is, however, a solution. Transparent window film screens out almost 100 percent of UVB and UVA without reducing visibility, and is available in all 50 states. If you have window film installed, remember that it protects you only when the windows are closed.”

If you would like more information about practicing good sun safety by using the automotive window film that we offer, call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to discuss your options and provide you with a free, no obligation assessment and quotation on your particular vehicle. Find out why we are the #1 company for automotive window tint in New Orleans area.

Save Money Cooling Your Home this Summer With Home Window Films

Save Money Cooling Your Home this Summer With Home Window Films

Save Money Cooling Your Home this Summer With Home Window Films

It’s coming fast! Summer will be here before we know it. The warm Summer weather is something many of us look forward to all year long, but it also brings higher energy bills as we use our air conditioning to keep our home cooler and comfortable. With that in mind, we wanted to share some ways that home window films can help save you on home energy costs this Summer season. This article discusses how window film can reduce the load on your air conditioning system which saves you money on utility bills and also HVAC system maintenance.

The first thing we want to explain is how home window films work to reduce the load on your air conditioning system. The simple explanation is that window film installed on your existing house windows reduces the amount of the sun’s heat coming into your home through the glass. On a hot Summer day, you air conditioning system might be struggling just to keep up with the demand to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, this demand for air conditioning is also happening all throughout your area at the same time. This spike in demand for energy allows the utility company to charge a premium on the energy you use during this period. Now, the good news. Home window film is very effective reducing the heat making its way into your home through the windows on those hot Summer days. By reducing the heat coming through the glass, your air conditioning will not having to work as hard, and use as much energy, to keep your home comfortable.

In addition, as a result of reducing the heat entering the home, the home’s air conditioning system will not need to run constantly to keep up with demand. This not only saves you money on energy costs as mentioned above, but will also save you system maintenance costs from wear and tear. The air conditioning unit consists of numerous components that each have an effective service life. The longer, and harder, a unit is forced to run, the faster these parts wear out and need replacing. Furthermore, as parts degrade they often do not work as efficiently as they did when new. The resulting system inefficiency translates into more energy being needed to get the same results in home cooling.

Our hope is that this brief article shed some light on how home window films can help save on home energy costs and system maintenance this Summer and for many years to come. If you would like more information about home window films and how they can be implemented into your house, click HERE and call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing a window film solution in your New Orleans, Louisiana area home before Summer.