Experts in the solar window film industry already know that professionally installed window films typically reduces exposure to UV radiation by up to 99%, reduces glare, interior fading and hot spots. This means applying window films on your home's windows, or on your vehicle windows, can help prevent skin cancer for anyone who spends a lot of time near these windows. As an example, skin cancer has been one of the career hazards of long-haul drivers and the International Window Film Association (IWFA) hopes that getting this important information widely publicized to the public will help lower the instances of UV related skin cancer.
Not only does solar window film help in the reduction of skin cancer, it is a cost effective energy savings choice. A recently released study by a, "California energy consultant firm ConSol, revealed that window film is the most cost-effective energy saving choice for Californians when used in retrofit applications on homes and buildings" - this was published in the May-June, 2012 issue of IWFA's magazine "Window Film". California is setting the standard for energy legislation and building codes nationally and is including many energy related requirements for new buildings. While solar film is not yet required, many existing commercial buildings are finding that by adding solar films to their properties they are realizing large savings in electrical bills for heating and cooling their buildings.
Every home owner should look into applying solar films to their home's windows; not only will they save energy dollars they will reduce glare, summer heat and fading of their interior flooring and furniture. The study mentioned above said...that window film is, "an effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) when used in retrofitting existing buildings". According to the report, "most GHG comes from homes and buildings built before 1980 and window films can be a viable ingredient in the fight against GHG".
We have offered our clients solar, security and anti-graffiti window films since 1996 and would be happy to discuss your needs. Just give us a call at 707-578-0849 or 707-481-5323 for a free consultation.
Monday, January 21, 2013
“If you don’t have something positive to say, just don’t say anything!” this was my mother’s advice to me as a child. It’s been hard for me to sit down lately and find a lot of positive news about decorating your home these days. But, today the sun is out, my spirits have picked up from the winter blahs and it’s time to look forward to spring once again. Just finished pruning our roses in the front yard and my husband mowed and fertilized the lawn….ah it’ll be spring soon. And, today is my only brother’s birthday - a beginning of a new year for him once again.Walt & I are in the process of working on a really wonderful home, a brand new construction in Marin County. When we met with the new owners and their Realtor at the house, it was refreshing to hear what a Realtor thinks are the best window coverings for resale in her market. It appears that plantation shutters in Marin County are still highly valuable when it comes to reselling your home there. The Realtor said that the market in Marin has placed a high value on custom shutters, so this helped our client to decide to have us install 37 of them in their new home.
We will be installing the Hunter Douglas Palm Beach™ polysatin style plantation shutters as they are economical yet stylish and will hold up to family use for many years. They are easily cleaned and maintained and offer great energy saving qualities. UV resistant shutters that can stand harsh sunlight or humidity, plus are guaranteed not to warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor – what more can you ask for in a shutter? Plus, I think their new home will look stylishly fabulous when the shutters have been installed.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
New window coverings go a long way in refreshing your decor. There are so many new products on the market today that you don't have to be stuck with the old bent mini-blinds of the past. Now there are cloth shades of all types that let the light in but offer privacy to almost room darkening shades. They come in all colors and have an abundance of fabrics from which to choose.
Other items to consider when refreshing your home can be small things like new place mats for your table, adding colorful plates to match your dinner ware, new bed linens, throw pillows, wall art or adding a few new plants or silk flowers can add life and color to your rooms. A coat of fresh paint does wonders to update your home. Along with the usual spring cleaning chores, make sure that your windows sparkle.
Plant some new flowers near your front door to welcome your guests and spiff up your curb appeal. You'll be guaranteed to get the spring back into your home with just a little effort both inside and outside your home.