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Window film can help keep the sun out of the house

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Everybody has a room or two in the house that's hotter than the others. Those are generally rooms with bigger windows and more sun exposure.  When the summer sun penetrates that window, the temperature inside your home rises. But an easy, fairly inexpensive solution, could be solar window film.

Kevin Koval works for a company that installs the window covering.

"Window film is an aftermarket product applied to your existing windows," Koval said. "It is a polyester base that has different materials sandwiched in between a couple of layers to give different properties."

Angie Hicks of the consumer review website Angie's List, says it's pretty inexpensive. 

"The cost for adding window film to your windows is dependent on the type of film you use and usually it varies from $6 to $14 per square foot. The total cost is then determined by the number of windows and the size of the windows," she says.

Koval adds, "the most important part of the process is cleaning.  Anything that gets left behind while we put that film on top of it is going to be there forever, it's going to become a fossil in between the film and the glass.  So, when we come in, we spend just as much time on the cleaning side as we do actually applying the film to the glass. "

Window film minimizes fading of flooring and furniture and helps reduce glare. Maintenance of window film is easy.  You just have to wait 30 days after it's installed, and you can clean your windows as you normally would with a non-abrasive cleanser.

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