Facility managers are constantly tasked with finding ways to reduce energy costs; in the areas of consumption, as well as system operating and maintenance costs. In office buildings, the two most obvious places to look for savings are in lighting efficiency, and air conditioning costs – and a good starting point for both is with the windows…
Windows let in light; and the more daylight that is let in, the less artificial lighting is needed. You don’t pay for electricity when the switch is “off.” Natural daylight imparts a sense of well-being, and large expanses of glass allow desirable views. However, windows also let in huge amounts of undesirable heat, and that drives up air conditioning costs. So how do you let in light and reduce heat at the same time?
According to The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the most cost-effective way to upgrade a building’s windows is to install window film*. That’s a pretty clear statement from a source that knows what they are talking about. High quality window films such as SolarGard® and Panorama® will let in light, preserve desirable views, and reduce heat intrusion by as much as 82%! Energy consumption is reduced by as much as 30%, and the reduced running time of the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system means lower maintenance and repair costs. That means when calculating payback, the cost of the film can be spread over multiple levels. Finally, if “green” technology is on your list of considerations; SolarGard® and Panorama® are not only “carbon-negative;” they qualify for LEED credits under six different catagories!
Solar-X of Sarasota; the area’s largest SolarGard® and Panorama® dealer, has been helping facility managers lower their energy costs and boost their comfort levels since 1973. We can help you get utility rebates, accurately predict savings with a detailed energy analysis; provide exceptional warranty coverage, and install your window film with no disruption to office routine – all with a level of professionalism that is unmatched in the area. Contact Solar-X today, and let us help you get started!