Window films have long aided businesses and other premises with the ability to shield out unwanted heat and glare from the sun, thus providing a more comfortable and productive work environment for employees. They are also able to reflect those harmful UV rays to help protect against skin cancer. They are safe, cost-effective and add an extra layer of security which can help deter potential criminals as well as providing protection from other outside disasters by successfully shatter-proofing your windows. But now one lab at the U.S. Department of Energy has found an even simpler alternative.
The major drawback with standard window films currently on the market is their installation. Even though they are retrofitted easily enough and do not require to be built-in during the construction process a professional contractor is still needed in order to put the film in place. This is one of the major apprehension’s some companies have when it comes to deciding whether or not to have them installed on their premises.
However researchers have managed to develop and synthesise a special new polymer heat-reflective coating which can simply be painted onto the glass surface where required. The coating will selectively deflect infrared solar energy from entering whilst still allowing for other visible light to pass through. Window films traditionally are very energy efficient allowing heat to remain within the building and helping businesses to lower their energy usage and ultimately better their carbon footprint.
This new do-it-yourself paint-on coating will allow companies of all sizes to adopt the new polymer in order to put on themselves at their own convenience without the need of an additional contractor. The researchers behind the new paint are already expecting much demand for the product which could actually result in a massive 35 billion kilowatt-hours of energy being saved in just one year. It would also help lower carbon dioxide emissions to the potential equivalent of removing around 5 million cars off the road.
Whilst window films are in themselves cost-effective to buy and allow companies to save money on their energy bills in the long run, this new development would be at least one-tenth of that cost making it a hugely attractive concept for businesses to adopt. There’s still a lot of research to carry out in order to achieve this great potential but it certainly is an exciting new development in the window film industry and one to look out for in the future.