Do ceramic window films save money?

Window film install.
Window film install.

Introducing the only ceramic film worthy of the 3M name.

By Jeremy Dobbins

If you are concerned about rising energy prices, global warming, interior fading of your furniture, artwork and flooring, or if you are worried about the safety and security of your home or business and are seeking some peace of mind then window film is right for you!

With the new 3M Ceramic Series films, it offers three virtues that are most important: low reflectivity, high clarity and outstanding heat reduction. So you’ll save energy while keeping your interior cool and looking beautiful.

Using nanotechnology 3M has created ceramics so fine they are not only invisible to the naked eye they are imperceptible with an ordinary microscope. These ceramics allow 3M to create a film that is tough, won’t corrode and is so clear the view out the windows will remain beautiful.

The new 3M Ceramic Series delivers stellar performance against solar heat and sunlight. 3M’s spectrally selective films reject up to 80% of the sun’s infrared light to reduce energy costs; while also blocking more than 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays to reduce fading of fabrics.

Creating a beautiful home or office takes an investment of time and money. Damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can ruin that investment, fading your fabrics, photos, artwork, wood, carpet and wallpaper. But, because our advanced film blocks over 99% of UV rays, you can fully enjoy your beautiful interiors for years to come.

With energy costs seeming to increase every year, 3M Ceramic Series films are a great way to save money and help the environment. By rejecting up to 59% of the total solar energy and up to 80% of the heat-producing infrared rays, your cooling system will work less and you’ll be able to maintain a more even temperature throughout your home or office. Depending on the size of your home or office you could save hundreds or thousands of dollars each year.

In addition to its low reflectivity that doesn’t detract from the beauty of your architecture, one of the Ceramic Series’ most impressive characteristics is its amazing clarity. Day or night, our film has a clarity that rivals glass.

3M Window Films – Ceramic Series will look good not just the first year, but for years to come. Sputtered metal films can corrode, often changing color on the edges. Films that rely on dyes are prone to fading over time, changing to a purplish hue. By using advanced ceramics, our film retains its color and appearance over time.

Climate Insulating Products, one of the nations largest 3M window film dealers, provided this information. They specialize in residential and commercial installations and have been in business since 1979. For more information on window film please contact them directly at or call 1-800-479-6292. For more information on such topics as these please read our blog at Jeremy


    • These window films are wonderful we had the cheap version in our home and were looking to switch. Glade I came across this article. My husband works for McCarthy and I’ll pass this on to him as well.

  1. Hi Jeremy —

    Here’s a question for you – if they block out 99% of the ultraviolet rays, will the indoor plants still grow? I know I have to be careful in specifying some laminated glass for this very problem, so was curious to know your experience.


    • Kelly

      Reduced Solar radiation effects on house plants.

      Effects on house plants with 3M window film applied to windows.


      1.Growth and development requirements vary with different plants

      2.Growth and development depend upon light, temperature range, exposure, humidity, C O 2 levels, etc.

      3.For sufficient growth, the wavelength of 400-700 nm is important for photosynthesis (greening process)

      4.700-850 nm range is required for the photomorphogenic process (fL ow E ring process)

      5.Most greenhouses have artificial light to supplement natural light (day vs. night, summer vs. winter, cloudy
      vs. sunny)

      6.U V is damaging to most green plants

      7.Extreme temperature variations are detrimental to plant growth

      8.3M Sun Control Window Film will help reduce solar heat gain, temperature buildup and moisture loss.

      (Plants may require less water after film is installed, so care should be taken not to drown plants from over watering.)


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