Building Management and Energy Conservation | Commercial Window Tinting

2011 Budgets Should Include “Carbon-Negative” SolarGard® or Panorama® Window Film.

Energy Saving Products Sarasota FloridaSo the new year has arrived and you’ve been tasked with reducing your company’s energy costs. Where do you look to start “cutting?” Well, the three most important areas to look would be lighting, HVAC (air conditioning and heating), and the building envelope (windows).  If your budget is too small to even consider the first two, we would submit that an affordable installation of quality SolarGard® or Panorama® window film could be your ticket toward substantial savings.

SolarGard® and Panorama® films have been shown to reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 30%. Studies have concluded that these films provide a better return on your investment than low-e glass! And they can be installed right on your existing glazing without the high cost of window replacement – or the environmental impact of disposal of the old windows in a local landfill. SolarGard® and Panorama® films are “carbon-negative.” Right from the start, they save far more carbon emissions than were created or expended in manufacturing the film. Their performance is certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). And you can start saving right away, because delivery is fast – with no disruption of office routine.

SolarGard® and Panorama® films qualify for LEED credits in multiple categories, and many utlities; such as Florida Power & Light, have cash incentive programs that will immediately reduce your installation costs. And these top quality films can can be “piggybacked” with other technologies to help you get tax credits under EPAct.

Solar-X of Sarasota; with 38 years of industry experience, is the area’s largest and most active SolarGard® and Panorama® dealer. We stand ready to assist you with building information models, technical information, and assistance in getting utlity rebates. Contact us today for an initial consultation. In Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, or statewide; we’ll be glad to provide you with products and installation of unmatched quality.

Open Your Drapes, Enjoy The View! | Hotels | Hospitality | Window Tinting and Film

Hotel Energy ConservationJust about everyone has had the experience of checking into a nice hotel, looking forward to relaxing in a comfortable room with a great view; then finding that the only way they can get the room cool is to close all the drapes and crank the thermostat down to where  the room begins to  feel like a meat locker…

Why? Because the architecture of most hotels and motels is not favorable to sun control. Hi-rise hotels have few; if any, overhangs to protect windows from the sun. Motels with walkways outside the rooms need heavy drapes for privacy – eliminating what view there is and making the room dark and claustrophobic when they are drawn.

An application of quality sun control film would address all these problems and more. Because many films provide daytime privacy, drapes can be left open. The room becomes lighter and more enjoyable with a view to the outside. Those same films can stop up to 80% of the sun’s heat; stabilizing the room’s environment by eliminating “hot spots” near the windows, and reducing the demand on the air conditioning. This reduction in demand reduces operating costs for the hotel owner by lowering utility bills and the maintenance costs associated with the constant running of the air conditioning units. Window film reduces fading of the drapes, carpet, and furnishings – maintaining a fresh look to the room that extends periods between room refurbishing projects.

Solar-X of Sarasota can help hotel and motel owners with building information models that allow owners and managers to determine their return on investment from an installation of film. We can assist in getting utility company rebates for qualifying windows, and help with any tax credits available to further reduce the net installation cost. Contact Solar-X today, and let us show you how we can help. You’ll be impressed with our knowledge and our ability to work with your staff to seamlessly complete the installation without disruption to your guests. Thirty-eight years of industry experience  makes all the difference!

The Crusader Building Is Definitely “Cool” | Bradenton Palmetto | Window Tinting

A block off the Manatee River in Palmetto is a beautiful old building that is a great example of what can be done to restore and modernize an older structure for use as an office building. The Crusader Building was once a three-story hotel; with a relaxing, shaded veranda on each floor facing the street. The hardwood floors are beautiful, and the way the owners have installed new, hurricane-resistant windows while incorporating the old woodwork around them is really impressive. Artifacts from the building’s heyday give you the feeling that you’ve stepped into yesterday, when things weren’t quite so hurried, and people did business “on a handshake.” However; in today’s real world of “comfort demands”, and “energy costs,” heat blasting through the South and West elevations caused severe discomfort to the tenants, and very high utility bills. A consultation with Florida Power and Light resulted in their recommendation for an installation of window film to help cool the building’s interior, lower energy consumption, and save money.

Because of the laminated construction of the hurricane-resistant windows, many window manufacturers will void their warranty coverage if any products are applied to the window units. Therefore, Solar-X recommended Panorama® “Slate 10™”; a high quality “dual reflective” window film whose exclusive “Panorama Premier Plus” commercial warranty coverage picks up and matches the terms of the window manufacturer’s original warranty. And its sixteen year manufacturer’s defect (peeling, cracking, loosening, etc.) coverage is the most expansive commercial protection in the film industry today. Add to that the experience of our installers, and their ability to get the job done with little or no disruption of office routine, and it’s easy to understand why Solar-X was chosen to perform the installation.

Tenants will now be cooler, and the 80% heat rejection of the film will help save on those high utility bills! Now this beautifully restored building not only functions as a unique office complex; the window film will make it more comfortable for all concerned. The building owners were so impressed; that before we were even finished on the South and West elevations, they added the East windows to the job as well! 

At Solar-X, we appreciate the fine workmanship that went into the restoration of the Crusader Building because we’re craftsmen too! If you appreciate attention to every detail, contact Solar-X for your next window film project, and find out for yourself how satisfying it is to work with true professionals. And we’ve been bringing that professionalism to our clients in Bradenton, Palmetto, Ellenton, and Parrish since 1973!