Stacking Up All The Benefits | Commercial Window Tinting

Financial DataFacility Managers today are increasingly looking at window film products to cut energy costs in their buildings, increase occupant comfort, reduce the glare that makes it harder to see computer screens;  and in some cases, provide a measure of safety. And quality products such as SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat™ can do all these things at a reasonable cost.

However, closer inspection will reveal other significant benefits that window film can provide which may not be so obvious at first; and they can add up to even more impressive savings. For example:

May Eliminate Window Replacement: Window film can turn ordinary windows into high-performance units without the cost and chaos of  extensive window replacement; and provides a better return on investment than low-e glass.

 Reduced “Demand” Charges: During peak usage hours, power companies charge much higher “demand” rates – and these can really add up fast. In fact, they can be a dominant factor in overall energy costs; and since film works to lower the energy consumption associated with cooling system overload, high “demand” usage can be cut substantially.

Adds Life To Tired Systems: A far more subtle form of savings can come simply from the reduced strain on the HVAC system. Machinery and equipment lasts longer, with far fewer costs associated with maintenance.  Systems that are less efficient, old, or inadequately sized for the heat load entering through a building’s windows may be more than adequate after an installation of film that can stop up to 80% of the sun’s heat. Window film is far less expensive than replacing a building’s HVAC system, and may defer the cost of replacing that system for years!

Solar-X of Sarasota has been helping Facility Managers control utility costs since 1973. If you are looking for substantive information regarding energy cost reduction, we can help with modeling tools that allow us to accurately determine your energy savings before installing your window film.  We’ll assist you in obtaining cash incentives and rebates from your utility company that will “kick-start” your savings.  And we’ll provide you with the highest quality window films, industry-leading warranties, and unparalleled workmanship from true professionals. Local, or statewide. Contact Solar-X today.

Do Something “Cool” on Earth Day 2011 | Window Tinting

Small measures can mean big results…

You don’t have to want to live “off the grid,” or in some 60 square foot tree house in order to qualify as someone who is genuinely interested in helping the environment. The fact that some people choose to live that way is commendable, but  people who don’t opt for that lifestyle can still honor the spirit of Earth Day. Little things can be done that don’t cost much and can mean a lot, environmentally speaking.  Isn’t that what Earth Day was created for?

Put rain barrels under your gutter downspouts.  The water saved can be used to water potted plants and landscaping. Inside, think about  a tankless water heater; beef up skimpy attic insulation, and caulk around windows and doors to eliminate leakage of heating and cooling.

At Solar-X of Sarasota, we’re inclined to recommend an installation of  carbon-negative SolarGard® or Panorama® window film. These high quality energy-saving products can reduce your air conditioning bill by 30% and more. Reduced energy consumption  means reduced production at the power plant, and that means fewer greenhouse gases. Did you know that the production of one kilowatt of electricity in a coal-fired power plant produces one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of carbon? Look at your next electric bill and see how many kilowatts you used.

SolarGard® and Panorama® window films are affordable. They can be installed almost immediately, with little or no disruption. They will give you a better return on your investment than low-e glass, and their long life span means they will keep on giving you positive return for years to come. They will improve the comfort of your environment, and protect you and your family from harmful ultraviolet light. They are a perfect way to honor Earth Day 2011.

Solar-X of Sarasota is proud to represent a manufacturer whose record of environmental stewardship is unimpeachable. Recognized as a “Climate Action Leader; first to perform a complete life cycle analysis of its products; first and only window film manufacturer to achieve an Environmental Product Declaration – the largest and most complete of its kind ever performed!

This Earth Day do something for “Mother Earth,” and yourself. Take a step toward helping the environment, and save some money at the same time. Contact Solar-X; Sarasota’s premier residential and commercial window film contractor, for a free no-obligation consultation.  Learn what our ‘Carbon-negative, Earth Positive” products can do for you.

“Green” Claims For Window Film | Buyer Beware | Window Tinting

Putting “Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” When It Comes To Sustainability Claims.

NEW Carbon Neg SealAnyone remotely familiar with window film and tinting knows that the product saves energy. It reduces the single strongest source of energy demand in your home or office – heat input through the windows – thereby reducing the need for air conditioning. This; of course, reduces overall energy consumption. Simple enough…

In the most basic sense – the argument could be made – that makes window film a “green” product. Add the ability to make glass safer, reduce annoying glare, protect against ultraviolet and increase interior comfort to window film’s existing energy saving properties, and you certainly have an outstanding product; a product that is worthy of consideration as one of the most important home improvement products out there! But is that all it takes for a product to be truly “green?”…

Several years and several million dollars ago, the manufacturers of SolarGard® and Panorama® Window Film commissioned aSarasota Window Film Service complete “life cycle” analysis that would measure the carbon cost of every aspect of the product – from raw material aquisition, through manufacture, application and use over a projected lifespan, and ultimate disposal – a painstaking and lengthy process. And a historic one. Upon completion, they were able to publish what is the largest and most detailed Environmental Product Declaration ever; one that proved that SolarGard® and Panorama® films were carbon-negative. That means the film saves far more carbon emissions over its lifespan than those created or expended during manufacture; in fact 1001 times more! Among other things, research also determined that film has a better return on investment than low-e glass! It is important to note that no other window film manufacturer has conducted this type of study; nor shown the type of environmental commitment that SolarGard® has in publishing this information.

So it is no surprise that some local window film dealers are starting to make claims as to how “green” their products are. But sustainability claims should be much more than just how much heat the product stops.  As a proud, longtime SolarGard® dealer; and the area’s exclusive Panorama® film dealer, we would submit that those claims are questionable until proven by an impartial third party study; and that should include a complete life-cycle analysis . Many of today’s environmentally conscious consumers want to know exactly what they are installing in their homes prior to purchase – what are the materials, what is the carbon cost – and just claiming that window film reduces energy is not the answer they are looking for. Nor should it be! At Solar-X of Sarasota, we have those answers. Contact us today!

Venice Window Film Installation | Fall Savings | Residential and Commercial

Bradenton Sarasota Window Tinting SpecialsAs Summer 2010 starts to “wind down,” we are preparing for the more comfortable Florida months. Despite all of the tropical activity; locally, we have not been threatened by any hurricane landfall, and as “the season” starts to abate, we should be able to breath a little easier. Sales of Safety and Security Window Film have mostly been supported by both residential and commercial “security” concerns, as the thought of storm protection has become less important to local home owners and businesses alike.

At Solar-X we are consistently ahead of our competition, providing the right solutions at the right time – and always at a competitive price. We have geared up for the fall months and Venice, Englewood, and North Port, Florida residents and business owners will be excited by our “Autumn Special” pricing.

Just because autumn weather is on the way doesn’t mean your home has no need of protection from heat intrusion, glare or fading from the harsh tropical sun. As the sun moves further south on the horizon, fading becomes more intense, and the heat coming into your home or office on the southern exposure can be unbearable. All of our quality SolarGard®, Armorcoat™, and Panorama® window films stop 99% of the harmful ultraviolet rays; and along with solar energy rejection of up to 82% can keep your home or office cooler and more comfortable year round.

Along with our high quality window film lineup, Solar-X brings nearly 40 years of deep involvement in the window film industry to every job. Customer satisfaction is always our utmost concern. The most experienced installers in the area will apply your window tint with care and adherence to the strictest standards; ensuring cleanliness and optical clarity that is unmatched.

So take advantage of our special pricing and the finest quality installation available. Let Solar-X bring comfort, safety, and fade protection to your home this Autumn.