Homeowner Shares Her Secret for a Cooler, More Comfortable Home Using Less Electricity in the Summer

June 14th, 2023 by Chris Collier

Summertime doesn’t officially start until late June. Still, the sun’s heat is already on and forecasts call for warmer-than-usual temperatures for much of the U.S., which may lead to a greater demand for electricity to keep air conditioning (AC) systems humming.

One couple in Boise, Idaho, decided this summer would be different in terms of the amount of electricity used for their AC, and they had window film installed to reduce the sun’s heat coming through their windows.

“The power company often asks us to turn up our thermostats in the summer so we’re not using so much. I can already tell we’ll have an easier time reducing our power and being environmentally friendly,” says homeowner Amanda Reed after window film was installed on her dual pane windows.

The nonprofit International Window Film Association (IWFA) conservatively estimates that professionally-installed window film may cut a dwelling’s total annual energy use by five to 10% and prevent 60-80% of solar heat gain through glass from entering the home.

“Cooling systems often work harder during the hottest period of the day when peak electric rates are charged and when utilities may be unable to meet the demand,” says Darrell Smith, executive director of the IWFA. “Window films are proven to reduce solar heat gain entering homes through glass in windows, doors and skylights, thus making interior environments more comfortable and reducing energy use whenever the cooling system is operating.”

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