Owners of commercial buildings or large homes often opt to keep certain lights in and around the building 24 hours a day. This decision is typically made for security reasons, but one of the drawbacks of this choice is that the lights attract a number of different bugs-most notably, the stinkbug. Luckily, commercial window film can help combat any unfortunate infestations.
The Source of the Problem
When commercial lights are left on at all hours, they tend to generate significant amounts of heat, even if they are energy efficient bulbs. Bugs are attracted to the warmth and glow of most of these commercial lights, and are particularly apt to gravitate towards buildings during the night. Inevitably, they will then find their way into the building through a crack in the wall and make themselves at home.
Commercial Window Tint as a Solution
Window tint works to keep out bugs by blocking out some of the light emitted from the buildings. The lights will still remain on for building security, but they will be dimmed closer to the building itself by the tinted film on the windows. Thus, while bugs might make their way close to the building itself, they will be less likely to move toward (and through) the windows, which will be darker and cooler than they were previously.
Additional Benefits of Window Film
While commercial window film can successfully keep bugs away from buildings, its benefits extend beyond that effect. In fact, window film was created for insulation purposes. It reduces the amount of heat or air-conditioning that is lost from the inside of a building, and has been proven to reduce a company’s heating and cooling costs by over 25%. Moreover, commercial window film also blocks harmful UV rays from the sun, reduces sunlight reflection on computer and television screens, and helps to maintain a constant temperature from room to room.
Best Options for Window Film
The key to getting the most out of commercial window film is selecting a manageable tint. In other words, building owners will want to ensure that the film is dark enough to successfully keep out bugs and insulate the windows themselves, but not so dark that the building appears formidable from the outside. An opaque vinyl window tint is typically the best option, since it prevents light from shining through the windows without shrouding the entire building in shadow.
It is possible to find DIY window film installation kits at any major hardware store. However, because applying window film can be a time-consuming and difficult project, it is best to hire professionals to install it. The professional company will also help ensure that the tint is the appropriate shade for the building in question. Costs for the project will range depending on the size of the building and the number of windows that need treatment.
Commercial window film can be customized to suit a building’s overall style and color. If the exterior of the building is brown, for instance, the installation company can use a tint that complements that hue, thus seamlessly and invisibly blending the film into the exterior itself. As a result, the building will be both attractive and bug-free.