As summer draws nearer and with everyone spending more time at home, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how we’ll stay comfortable as temperatures heat up. Sun control window film can help.

Heat isn’t the only culprit that interferes with indoor comfort. There are actually several issues that cause issues during the hotter months. These issues include glare, hot spots, UV rays that cause fading and skin damage, and increased energy costs as we try to cool our homes and businesses.

Quality, professionally installed sun control window film is an affordable solution. The film addresses each of these sun-related challenges in homes and commercial spaces. 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series is an excellent example. It’s one of the most popular films that we install for home and business owners. Let’s take a look at how this popular, high-end window film works.

How 3M Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series Works

This non-metalized, multi-layer specialty film uses nanotechnology to address several issues caused by the sun. Additionally, it works while still letting plenty of natural light filter in through your windows. As a result, you don’t have to worry about the darkening of your home or office interior. The film can be carbon negative in just a few short months after installation and is corrosion-resistant. Furthermore, it won’t interfere with signals or the appearance of your windows. Here’s how this film works to address common issues that interfere with indoor comfort in the summer.


Solar heat comes from two primary sources, the visible light you can see and the infrared light you can feel. Sun control window film addresses both sources of heat. The film rejects up to 97% of the sun’s infrared light and up to 60% of the heat coming through your windows. In addition, the film also serves as an insulator to hold more cool air generated by your HVAC inside.

Energy Costs

With window film working two ways — reducing heat coming through windows and holding more cool air inside — your cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard or as often. This translates to lower utility bills and reduced energy costs when it’s hot outside.


Glare can be annoying, cause discomfort, and also make it hard to see screens on televisions, computer monitors, laptops, smartphones, and cameras. In certain instances, glare can even cause physical problems like eye strain and headaches. The 3M™ Prestige Series Films reduces glare by precisely controlling which of the sun’s wavelengths it reflects and which it allows to pass through. The film actually increases its performance at a faster rate as the sun’s angle increases, offering more glare protection when the sun is high and at its brightest.

Damage from UV Rays

As sunlight streams through glass windows, glass doors, and skylights, it can cause hot spots, skin damage, and fading of furnishings. In fact, UV radiation from sunlight is one of the greatest sources of damage to home interiors. When any type of home or office furnishing is exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time, UV rays lead to fading, discoloration, and in some cases, deterioration. 3M Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series rejects up to 99.9% of the sun’s damaging UV rays to prevent hot spots around windows and skylights and to significantly reduce fading of your furnishings. Because it can extend the life of floors, furniture, and other décor, you don’t have to replace these items as often so you can save money. Window film with UV protection also protects our skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series’s Durability

3M Prestige Series films are durable with a hydrophobic hard coat that helps the exterior of the glass look cleaner. They resist peeling, bubbling, scratches, and abrasions. When professionally installed by an authorized 3M Prestige Dealer like Carolina Solar Security, these films are backed by a comprehensive multi-year warranty. Reach out to us today about a free consultation for your sun control window film installation!

Carolina Solar Security is a premium 3M™ Authorized Window Film Dealer in Wilmington, NC. We have been providing North Carolina homeowners and business owners with window tinting solutions since 1985 and never stop working to bring our customers the best products paired with the most skilled window film technicians. Reach out to us for your free quote today!

By Published On: April 20, 2020

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