Along with the majority of the public and a great number of window film companies, I did not believe the claims of winter heat retention made by the manufacturers. Let's face it, unless you have an air cavity, heat will migrate. Double glazing companies were disputing claims being made as well.
After a very short time, a number of warranty claims were made and film had to be replaced within 2 years. Given the large price tag, nobody was happy and at some stage, the products were actually withdrawn from the market. They have since been replaced, so hopefully the problems have been fixed.
Anyway, Solargard has launched its own low-e film, under the name of Ecolux. This film is equally effective in performance as the other product, but with much easier installation procedures.
We have installed Ecolux in a whole house recently and my enthusiasm has grown in leaps and bounds for Ecolux! Due to the costs, people sometimes ask me, if it's made of gold. YES, it does contain gold.
Whist installing the film, I noticed my body heat bounced right back from the glass.
Appearance wise, Ecolux adds a very light golden hue to the view outside, almost making it look warmer. The light level is almost the same as without film. Unlike with double glazing, the window film eliminates UV and reduces summer heat from entering. This adds fantastic fade protection, at no extra cost.
So, I have to admit, the new generation of low-e film does work! Really well!
Phone 0800 846 892 if you too want to live in a warmer home!
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