Help Lower Heating Costs With Window Insulation Film
During the winter months, businesses can expect to see a rise in energy costs, creating an obstacle for property managers in charge of staying within or under budget. Typically, facility managers invest in envelope products during the winter to reduce excess energy usage and lower heating bills. Most commonly green roofs, solar panels and spray foam are installed to act as a barrier between the interior and exterior of buildings. However, there is one product that is too often overlooked: insulating window film.
Window insulation film offers a lower initial investment than most other solutions and provides a quick payback. Window film installation in commercial buildings can save a considerable amount over time and delivers typical ROI in as little as three years. When developing a winterization plan to keep operational system efficiency at its best, window films should be considered. By locking heat inside, window films help regulate interior temperatures and decrease the amount of time heating systems need to be used.
To further reduce operating costs and increase building efficiency, here are other measures to take in conjunction with the installation of window insulation film:
Fix that Leak
Leaky roofs cause most of the damage endured by buildings during the winter season and decrease insulating capabilities, causing heat loss. From cracks in the walls to loose mortar, the facility manager should perform a comprehensive assessment, assuring no water can enter. As temperatures decrease below freezing, trapped water freezes and expands, causing the small original crack to grow into a more considerable one. To help determine if a leak is problematic, check the roof for any indication of growing grass.
Keep Air Out
Water is only one of the many substances that can enter through the walls, window and doorframes. Air and dirt can also seep through window frames, damaging interiors. Proper sealing of windows involves pinpointing and plugging the area where the glass connects with the frame, as well as around the perimeters, increasing insulating capabilities and reducing energy costs. This is the ultimate goal for keeping operating costs at a minimum.
To fully reap the benefits of building winterization, implementing various preparatory techniques is best. Window films, along with proper maintenance and sealing techniques, can help regulate interior temperature and lower energy costs. For the best results, begin the planning phase at least a year in advance and be ready to implement the energy saving measures two to three months before the temperature drops.