The summer months in the Southern Hemisphere fall over a festive holiday period which means fun holidays cooling off in the sea or at home in the swimming pool. But summer stretches out long after we have returned to work and school, and this means higher electricity bills as we try and keep offices and classrooms cool in often unbearable heat. Concentration levels drop and productivity all but grinds to a halt as children and employees battle fatigue often caused by overheating and dehydration. Germs and illness often spread as air-conditioners are set far too cold to counter the effects of the heat outside, which also decreases productivity caused by absences. Applying Solar and Energy Control Film is an easy way to reduce the risk of overheating, in any environment.
We applied window film to a school in Johannesburg that had sun streaming into their classroom windows. This not only increased the temperature of the classroom but also caused a glare on the whiteboards which made it difficult for students to see.
We installed a 35% Natural Solar and Energy Control Film to the windows. This eliminated the whiteboard glare but also reduced heat by 5°. Because the film was only 35% it didn’t block the view out of the windows and still let in lots of natural light.
The whiteboard problem is similar to that of the computer monitor glare often experienced in offices. Employees often have to close blinds or move to a different seat until the sun moves enough to reduce the glare. In addition, research says that the best temperature for a comfortable working environment is between around 22°. At the height of our summers and even sometimes in winter, this temperature can only be achieved by the consistent use of air-conditioning. But a Solar Control and Energy Film on your office windows will reduce heat and your energy bill while increasing workplace efficiency. You can choose the intensity of the film depending on different factors.
Window films are also a great solution for retail outlets that have stock in a street-facing shop window, too. While having a beautiful window display attracts passing consumers, it also bears the brunt of the sun and the UV rays damage items and be very costly to the business. Solar and Energy Control film has UV filters which blocks out 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays and will protect items in the window but will not obstruct the view in the window as people pass by.
As a low cost yet highly effective product, it’s no surprise that many of our clients are requesting window film installations as an effective option over curtains and blinds. This is because not only is it easy to install, it also is cost effective and give good return on investment as your energy bill are markedly decreased.
Contact us for a free consultation to discuss personal benefits of installing Solar and Energy Control Film in your home, shop or office.
These are the 4 most common reasons why architects and builders of commercial and residential properties say that window film is a necessity. It’s an eco-conscious choice that keeps the light in and the danger out.
- We are really lucky to have gorgeous, sunny weather all year round. And it’s great to have the sunlight streaming into a home you have specially chosen for its north-facing balminess. These days, window tints are designed to keep the light streaming in, but also retain warmth. This means that during the winter months you would pay much less on heating bills. In summer the heat is diverted, keeping your rooms cool and saving heavy air-conditioning costs, making it a simple “green building” choice.
- It keeps you safe. It also keeps your pets and indoor plants safe, too. Window films keep the sun’s harmful UV rays out, while letting the warmth in. People don’t realise that the sun’s UV rays are still harmful indoors. So while your family basks in the winter sun indoors and your cat sleeps in their favourite chair under the window, the tinted window film is saving you from damaging sun-rays. Safety film also guards against window breakages that can happen at any time in both commercial and residential buildings. A violent storm, a football being kicked in the wrong direction, or a criminal break-in can wreak havoc. Window tints and films can prevent glass from shattering and spraying out, causing injury or damage to anyone or anything in the vicinity.
- It protects your heirlooms. Using a tinted or decorative window film means the wood of your priceless antique furniture won’t fade and the upholstery won’t get sun damaged. Even if you are not a collector of antiques, a brand new wood floor or dining table can quickly fade if it is exposed to a patch of sunlight, daily. Often you have to move carpets around to avoid the inevitable dark patch of flooring that occurs as the floors fade around it, or you have to draw the curtains when the sun comes in. But with UV protection film your interior décor is safe from the sun.
- It increases your privacy. Applying a window film is a great way to increase privacy, especially if your office is on a busy street, or your home is in a housing complex. Window tinting not only reduces your nosy neighbour’s ability to see in to your home, it also reduces the risk of potential burglars noting expensive items in the house. If you have glass doors in your office and require extra privacy, you can have decorative window film applied, which enhances the aesthetics of your office and stops people from glancing in as they walk past. It’s also useful if your computer faces a window and you have to try and manoeuvre your way around the afternoon sun. Window tints will eliminate glare while still letting in the natural light.
If you’re experiencing any of the above problems, then contact Glass Guards today for a free window tint quote and affordable, fuss-free installation.
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Unfortunately in South Africa many motorists become victims of vehicle smash and grab crimes and the sad reality is that it is a real threat to our commuters.
Smash and grab incidences play on elements of speed and surprise. What happens is when vehicles are stationary at traffic lights or when there is slow moving traffic due to congestion, opportunists will smash the passenger side windows. Due to the short paralysis experienced by the driver allows enough time for the thieves to grab something of value from your car. These car burglaries can be costly, from the cost of repairs to the vehicles and windows and replacing stolen belongings. In most cases the victims are likely to be traumatised and feel victimised for a long time.
The best way to prevent such an occurrence happening to you is to become more vigilant and cautious as to what is happening around you. Prevention is better than cure and it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Here are some hints and tips to help prevent you becoming a victim of smash ‘n grab:
- Keep all doors locked at all times.
- Always be on the alert as to what is happening around you when driving. Criminals will tend to go for motorists who are on their cell phones and are not paying attention. Be on a constant lookout for suspicious characters.
- Ensure that your valuables are hidden away. You become a target if thieves are able to see your valuables from outside the vehicle. Store such items in the boot of your car.
- If there are obstacles in the road such as rocks do not get out of your vehicle to remove them. In many cases thieves are hiding and waiting for you to get out of your vehicle so that they can steal your belongings.
- Be on the lookout and always be wary of people hanging around intersections. Avoid getting into discussions with vendors or people handing out flyers. These people may be innocent but the criminals will wait for such opportunities due to distraction.
- When driving at night and approaching a red light, slow down well in advance. This allows you to try and reach the light when it turns green. Also drive in the middle lane if possible as perpetrators like to hide in the bushes next to the side of the road.
- Leave a space between yourself and the car in front of you when stopping. This will give you a chance to escape should anything happen.
- Fit your windows with a protective smash and grab film. This is a protective film pasted on vehicle windows to help prevent smash and grab incidents. These are usually tinted which prevents people from seeing what is in your car and also prevents your window from smashing into small pieces. This will give you that extra protection and those couple of extra seconds to regain your thoughts and drive away.
- If you don’t have smash and grab protective film installed, leave your window slightly open (approximately 3cm but no more than 5cm). This prevents the glass from shattering when struck by a sharp object.
Please be vigilant and be safe out there !