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What window film is best?

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01-09-10, 02:41 AM   #1  
What window film is best?

I live in sunny South Florida and am trying to lower our electrical consumption by installing some type of window film to block out some of the summer heat and keep in the warm during the winter. Our windows are single pane glass with aluminum frames. Any suggestions?

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01-09-10, 07:49 AM   #2  
Hi and welcome to the forum! From what I've read, Vista and 3M are the best.

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01-09-10, 03:17 PM   #3  
My windows are low-e / argon filled and as a result I cannot use the film-type of screen. I installed ez snap solar shades last summer and can verify they work as advertised. They mount outside your window (not on the glass) thus stopping the suns rays before it touches your glass. I measured the temp of my window sill (in full sun) just prior to attaching the screen - 123 degrees F. About 30 minutes later (after attaching the screen - still in full sun) the sill temp was 83 degrees. They do obscure the view somewhat but they do remove any and all glare. Last fall I simply removed the screens to maximize solar heating. I will reattach them this summer.

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