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At last a winter insulation film that is virtually clear. When 3M Thinsulate Climate Control Film is installed on window panes, blue sky will look like blue sky and windows won’t look mirrored.

By increasing the insulation of windows by 40% - Thinsulate film is almost as good as installing double pane windows at a fraction of the cost.

Thinsulate window film helps to retain warmth during winter and cool air in summer, achieving energy savings all year round.

3M Thinsulate film also helps extend the life of furnishings by significantly reducing harmful UV rays.

You can now upgrade windows to save energy and reduce sun damage without changing the appearance of a building or home!




Much of the summer heat coming into homes through glass windows in Australia is caused by direct radiation from the sun rather than the transfer of hot air through the glass. 

On a very sunny day there might also be cool a breeze blowing which keeps the air outside quite cool however sitting inside behind glass without the benefit of the cool breeze can feel very not indeed.

Installing window films on the inside of glass panes can substantially reduce the amount of heat coming in through the glass.

As solar radiation strikes a piece of glass, window film can act as a screen to reflect back much of this heat.   The amount of heat reflected will depend upon the type of film installed.

These days there is a wide range of films available to suit all types of homes.   There are films which are barely noticeable on the glass but will still reduce a good proportion of heat to more noticeable films which will reduce a large proportion of heat and glare coming through the glass. 




Window films are manufactured from very thin polyester (often with multiple layers) or more recently ceramic material and are usually installed on the inside of glass windows and doors.  They are designed to reduce the amount of solar radiation coming through the glass.

Solar radiation is made up of three primary components.  There is visible light we can see, infrared we feel as heat and ultraviolet rays which are invisible.

 As solar radiation strikes a piece of glass, window film can act as a screen to reduce some of each of these components coming through the glass.

Most window films will block a large proportion of harmful UV rays.  The amount of heat and light rejected is dependent upon the type of window film selected.

Films with very high heat rejection have a metalised layer within their manufacture which deflects a large proportion of heat as well as UV and some light.  Films like 3M’s suncontrol films – P18AR and NV 15 are good examples.

Newer films now available which are made from ceramic materials or many very thin layers of polyester are able to screen out heat and UV without making the glass look shiny or dark.  3M’s Prestige series of films and Ceramic films are examples of these.

For people who do not want to change the look of their house too much but still want to reduce the amount of heat and harmful UV rays Prestige and Ceramic films are ideal.




Nothing completely stops fading.  Window films are designed to screen out some of the sun’s radiation to help reduce the major causes of fading.

Solar radiation is made up of three primary components.  There is visible light we can see, infrared we feel as heat and ultraviolet rays which are invisible.

The major component causing fading of fabrics and furnishings  is Ultra Violet light. The 3M Company produces information which says that UV is approx. 40% of the cause; Visible Light is about 25% and heat about 25%.   The remaining 10% can be attributed to humidity, pollutants, interior lighting etc.

Ultra Violet light is also implicated in the development of skin cancers and skin damage causing premature aging of the skin. Films that block UV installed on glass panes can also assist in reducing exposure through the glass.

Films such as 3M’s Prestige and Ceramic ranges of films can reduce Ultra Violet light by up to 99.9% (basically all that can be observed with today’s scientific instruments) without looking very obvious on the glass or making rooms dark. 




When compared to prices for blinds, curtains and awnings, window films are often easily the cheapest option to substantially reduce heat coming through glass windows.

Window films can be installed on a variety of different shapes of windows often where blinds and curtains are not suitable.

If purchased from a well-known and reputable Manufacturer like 3M films will be easy to maintain and come with a long warranty.

For long-term, very affordable control of heat and glare coming through glass panes window films are an excellent option!

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