Case studies and testing have shown that when Solar Comfort screen is used throughout an office or home, energy savings between 45-55% or higher can be achieved. The induction of radiant heat through a window during both hot and cold weather can pose enormous climate control problems in any building. Physical laws of heat transfer tell us that for every unit of heat passing through windows, a building will be left cooler or warmer depending on it’s direction. By controlling the movement of heat in all seasons, cooling and HVAC systems as well as heating units during winter months have less demand placed on them. Reduced cycling times translate into less energy consumed. It’s often reported that cooling units are able to be turned down or off certain times of the year which had never before been possible. Heating units can cycle about half as often. The extent of the energy savings will depend on the size, number, location, efficiency, and exposure of windows.
The Solar Comfort radiant barrier material has been successfully tested in laboratory settings with impressive results, although the nature of the product does not fit into typical window tinting or glazing testing standards. It is suspended close to the pane of interior glass rather than directly applied. Hotels as real world laboratories have produced some of the most successful studies across the country. Hotel rooms offer controlled environments, each with self contained unique heating and cooling units with similar footprints as well a large window to square foot ratio. Monitoring the amount of energy used by each unit over a period of days, has lead to the collection of accurate power use data. This data is directly translated to energy savings.