April 30th is National Window Film Day

Top elected officials across the nation are proclaiming April 30th as National Window Film Day. The purpose is to help educate consumers and commercial building owners about a solution to save energy and gain health and safety benefits, according to the International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit group representing the many benefits of window film from leading manufacturers, distributors, and dealers.

“Independent research shows window film can be the most cost-effective means of saving on energy costs across all climate zones in many states,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA.

Many of the proclamations from such leading elected officials as Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Virginia GovernorTerence McAuliffe, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ridgeland, Mississippi Mayor Gene F. McGee, as well as other officials, can be seen at www.iwfa.com.

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), cooling and heating account for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. The DOE also points out that roughly 40 percent of the unwanted heat that builds up in a home is through windows and windows account for up to 50 percent of a building’s energy loss.

Despite these convincing statistics on how much energy is lost through windows, only 54 percent of Americans are aware that window film can regulate interior temperatures and cut heat transmission through windows in hot, sunny weather, according to a Harris Poll in late February 2014 among 3,034 U.S. adults ages 18 and up.  For more information about the benefits of window film and Window Film Awareness Day, please visit http://bit.ly/1loRIN5.

To protect people indoors, professionally installed window film can block up to 99% of harmful UV rays and help to hold broken glass together. According to The New England Journal of Medicine and Clinical Interventions In Aging, there is evidence that office workers, commuters, and residents who are regularly exposed to indoor sunlight face health concerns, such as skin cancer, from the cumulative effects of indoor sun exposure.