Monday, 10 April 2017

Beat the Heat with Window Solar Film

We're glad that our house is receiving an adequate amount of sunlight in the morning especially in our living room. It makes the room bright and airy...

According to the compass, our flat is not supposed to be
affected by afternoon sun because it's South facing.
Although we have installed curtains for every window. It's good to filter out the light but do nothing much for the heat that trapped inside the rooms. So we need to find the solution for this!

There are a lot of companies providing service to install UV solar film in Singapore. It's hard to decide we didn't know which one is suitable for our needs. But worry not, most of them provide free and no obligation consultation and site measurements.
The first company carrying 3M brand. They suggested 3M Prestige Sun Control Film mixing PR 40 for windows with big panels and PR60 for side small windows. The cost for 3 bedrooms and living room is $2,469.13 including GST ($12.00 psf after 25% discount).

Melvin, the sales representative from Zenith came to our house. After hearing our problems, he took the device to measure the heat and UV at the balcony with and without film. He showed us few readings with different types of films for comparison. They'd installed quite a number of units in this condo using Nano 25.
We took both companies film samples to check with condo management. However, they only approved those films with high Visible Light Transmitted around 75 and 80 so it's affecting the aesthetics of the external building. But with the low heat rejection, it's as good as not doing anything. Hence, we decided to take the risk as sometimes the heat just unbearable.

To be frank, I never heard about Zenith, but after browsed their Website I could judge that they're trusted company. Besides doing for residential, they also completed some big projects such as Changi Airport, School, and Community Centre.

  It's cheaper $1,000 compared with 3M product that has 
similar specs for heat resistance and UV protection,
although the warranty period is 5 years shorter.
Confirmed and paid 50% deposit to Melvin and requested the earliest slot to install it. My daughter perspires a lot especially if it's too hot. It'll trigger itchiness and her eczema will flare up and getting worse because she won't stop scratching.
Quite dissappointed to receive message from Eugene that Nano 25 was out of stock due to popular demand. He said he'll arrange Melvin to show us their new film. We thought It might be their marketing strategy so we will top up to upgrade as we didn't think that additional 0,1% UV protection is so significant for them to show us the different...

But we're wrong... they replaced it with new Nano Ceramic 30 film
with no additional cost instead of asking us to wait for new stock.
Thumbs up for their sincere and awesome service!

Nano Ceramic 30 UV400 Film: 100% UV Cut,
Visible Light Transmittance 30%,
Total Solar Energy Rejected 65%.

 After demo showing how harmful 0.1% of UVA and UVB rays exposure
to our skin, we're grateful that we can have 100% total protection.

 Melvin was honest to inform us that the film will only reduce the heat,
but won't make it completely gone. He suggested opening a small gap at the
window allowing air to circulate so it'll cool down faster and less stuffy.

The previous steamy study room is now a perfect place for kids to sit by the window
to refresh tired eyes with the greenery and pool view after tired playing
computer games. (Recommended spot by Crownies and Spikey friends).

Yes, it's a one-man show as the other installer guy was missing in action.
I assumed that he's too tired to work after last night Christmas party.

With his experience, there's no problem to handle everything himself.

With the filter, it's less taxing to eyes to see beautiful 
golden sunrise or sunset from the windows.

Without the filter, the image seemed blurry smudge and faded colors.

The shadows of the trees show the West sun direction (photo taken around 5:00 pm). 

Therefore, I concluded that regardless of the facing, the room temperature 
will increase accordingly if the weather outside is scorching hot.
After installation, the clarity level increased because it decreased
the glaring rays and make the image looks more focus with right the colours.

Zenith Window Films
22 Sin Ming Lane
#06-76 Midview City
Singapore 573969
Eugene's HP: 8328 2949