Is Sunlight Doing More Harm Than Good?

Natural Lighting in Your Home

sunlightNatural sunlight illuminates your homes interiors and increases warmth. Today many architectural designs incorporate large windows to enjoy more natural light BUT is sunlight doing more harm than good?

There are some downsides to letting the sunshine in. Sunshine increases heat build-up, excessive glare, premature fading of interior furnishings, health issues such as skin cancer and even cataracts.

It’s no wonder that we notice fading when we lift a corner of carpeting and see the difference in floor color that has been consistently exposed to the sun’s rays.

3M Window film applied to the interior of windows is a transparent “solar shield” that can reject up to 80% of the sun’s heat.

In summer, the home is cooler and more comfortable, so you can save on energy bills. In winter, some window films trap room heat in, for added comfort during the coldest months. All quality window films will block up to 99% of UV rays and reduce the impact of sunlight on furnishings by significantly reducing fading.


For more information about 3M Window Film contact TriState Sun Control 

Call: (973) 592-0321

If you are looking for additional protection for your windows, provide energy savings and yield an attractive return on your investment, consider learning how 3M™ Window Films could help you achieve specific goals. At TriState Sun Solutions, we have worked with commercial property owners, municipalities and universities with all types of goals- and have found solutions for them every time.


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Sunny seasons bring the suns heat and glare into your home

Spring is here again! Nature is showing its true colors…and the suns heat. I’m not just talking about the flowers and the green leaves although those are very nice. This is the time of year that everything starts getting warmer. The outside atmosphere is very pleasant in springtime unless you have a problem with hay fever. However, when the sun begins shining through your windows, the inside of your home can get uncomfortable pretty fast.

Fortunately, there is a way to beat the sun’s heat, and Tri-State Sun Control and 3M Window Films has the means to solve that problem without running up a high air conditioning bill. In fact, studies have shown that window filming reduces cooling/heating bills significantly. Also, the tinted film can cut down on the annoying glare and the suns heat casts inside your home without interfering with the view of the outside. With window filming, you don’t have to close the curtains or turn the A/C thermostat way down to stay comfortable. The thin sheets let the sunshine in but cut down on the excessive energy you don’t need.

Beat the Early Heat

If you have ever walked into a room in the house and found it uncomfortably warm. You can opt to close them off, but what about when you need an extra guest room?  Window filming will help solve that problem without closing off a perfectly useable bedroom. You have the power to eliminate the heat and make all your rooms comfortable again.

With 3M filming you can block most of the sun’s heat and glare while preserving all the advantages of an open curtain. Plus, your decorative curtains are protected from the suns heat which tends to fade colors over time. At the same time, you can increase the comfort quotient in your house.

Counter the ill-effects of glare

The excessive glare from outside is not good for the eyes as it causes discomfort and eyestrain. Being able to use the natural light while reading or watching your favorite television shows is a positive aspect, but the full sunlight can be overwhelming during the day. Also, if you’re working, paying bills, or just chatting with a friend on your desk computer, laptop, or mobile the sun’s glare can hurt and make it more difficult comfortably look at the screen.

The glare- and heat-blocking window films will allow you to work in any room of your house without having to move from one room to the next when the morning sun moves toward the evening. Ladies can have their own privacy time in any room of the house without dealing with the sun’s heat. Likewise, guys can enjoy their man-cave anytime of the day.

For more information on how you can use 3M Window Film to cut down on the bothersome heat and glare that comes into your home, contact Tri-State Sun Control for a free consultation so you can be aware of your options. You can call or visit us at if you want our help in implementing window filming as part of your next home upgrade.


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Problem with Single Pane Windows and Other Things We Solve

Perhaps you just purchased your first house. You didn’t realize it at the time, but the windows are only single paned. Replacing windows can be expensive. However, single pane windows don’t help with heating and cooling costs, nor are they strong against intruders. We can help your single pane window problem in a cost-effective way, with window films by 3M.


What Do Window Films Do


Depending on the line of window films you look at, window films can do many things. Most importantly, they help protect your home from a break-in, and also help with heating and cooling costs. They also come in decorative options. With window films from 3M you can rest assured that any window film you would chose would add another layer to your window. This creates the effect of another pane. Double pane windows are stronger and more efficient. With 3M window films, you can wait to replace those windows if you want. In the mean time, you still benefit as though you had replaced the windows already.


Heating and Cooling


Single pane windows often allow heat to escape. They often let up to 20% of your energy escape. This can lead to higher heating costs. In the summer it can also lead to higher cooling costs. If all of the windows in your home are single pane, the energy loss could be significant. And if your wallet doesn’t feel it, you may when you continue to turn up the thermostat.


The 3M Thinsulate Window Films increases the functioning of interior windows up to 30%. The Thinsulate Window Films adds another layer of insulation to your home, on your single pane windows. In the summer, when the sun’s rays are strongest, the Thinsulate Window Films will deflect them. It stops the absorption, so that your home doesn’t heat up because of the windows. The Thinsulate Window Films are the smart option if you want to add another layer of insulation without the mess.


 Safety and Security


Single pane windows are easier to break than double pane windows. If you worry about intruders taking advantage of your single pane windows, the 3M Safety & Security line may be worth looking into. These window films slow entry of the potential intruder. They are less costly than expensive security systems and far easier to use. The Safety & Security line keeps all glass shards to a small area if a window is broken. This helps protect you and your belongings. The Safety & Security films are clear, and are applied both indoor and out. You won’t know it’s on your window, and neither will potential intruders. The best part: they also protect you from UV rays.


TriState Sun Control Transforms Your Windows


If you wish to transform your single pane windows it is worth giving TriState Sun Control a call. Whatever window film you seek to have applied, the professionals will do so. If you wish to help insulate your home, Thinsulate window films are for you. Wanting to protect against intruders? Safety & Security films are for you. With many options to turn your single pane windows into so much more for less, call TriState Sun Control.

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Commercial Window Films: Solutions for Expensive Issues

Everyone knows that owning a business is expensive. From the beginning investments you put into the business, to oiling the wheels, the expenses pile up. You certainly do not want the additional worry of building upkeep. However, it’s a possibility. If you own the building, it is your responsibility. Moreover, the heating and cooling costs are also your responsibility, even if you simply rent. Today we’ll talk about an effective solution to some expensive issues, and that’s commercial window films by 3M. Once installed, they take effect immediately, but gratification is instant.

Films for Every Situation

Depending on how old your building is, single pane windows could pose a problem. Not only do they make it exceedingly cold in the winter, but also frustratingly hot in the summer. If your business is located in an area plagued by artists with spray cans instead of paint brushes, you may also battle graffiti. Moreover, the glaring sun on computer monitors continues to frustrate your employees. Do you work in an area prone to natural disasters with high winds that shatter the windows frequently? There is a film that can help with that. If your business needs absolute privacy and still needs light from the windows, maybe you should try the blackout films. Moreover, if  your business handles sensitive information, you’ll want an added layer of security.  There’s a series of commercial window films that can suit your needs.

In the Line of Protection

Perhaps you would like to enhance your building’s security. As windows are among the top weakness for security, it makes sense to look into window films that can protect your business. In the line of protection, there are various options to suit your needs. From the 3M Safety and Security Window films, to the Ultra Series that resist tearing up to 224lbs. The Safety Series offers protection, and the Privacy series provides additional security by blacking out highly confidential areas.

In the Line of Cost Reduction

You may have enough security in your building and seek to look at cost effective ways to save money. Commercial window films are what you are looking for. This can begin with 3M Daylight Redirecting Window Film, which can allow light to travel up to 40 feet into the room and lowers energy costs. The Ultra Prestige Series filters out UV rays and can eliminate hot spots so there is an even heating and cooling in your business. The Traditional Series does this as well. If you seek a better insulation option, the 3M Thinsulate Window Films are the right solution. In addition, they keep the climates steady, so your heating and cooling systems do not have to work over time.


Whatever it is you seek in a commercial window film, 3M can provide it. From anti-graffiti solutions, protection of frequent high winds, to heat dispersing and UV blocking films. These films are cost effective for the savvy business owner and will have employees breathing a sigh of relief. The 3M commercial window films begin to work immediately upon installation.

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Fasara Decorative Window Films

Home Design and Privacy Made Easy

Making your home unique and interesting, often proves to be a difficult task. Many homeowners consider it a costly investment. Depending on the extent of your imagination, you could be looking at a very messy project. However, with Fasara films from 3M, making your home reflect your style becomes a simple task. Moreover, you add the bonus of privacy and sun control. At TriState Sun Control, our technicians help you chose the style and designs perfect for your home.

Less Expensive

When designing a home in close quarters with another home, you often want windows designed with privacy features. For example, etched glass provides privacy while adding an appealing touch to your windows. However, etched glass is unreasonably expensive. For the amount of privacy you would like in all aspects of your home, prepare to pay a large sum of money for this design. Is etched glass really the answer? Fasara films from 3M, provides what you need, based on your individual budget. All of this, without compromising the vision for your home.

Numerous Designs

With a variety of designs to suit your needs, Fasara films from 3M, has a window film for you. The six lines available from 3M, range in varying designs and materials. Consider the icy impression of Sagano, or the rice paper elegance of Yamato. Play with lighting features such as the Lausanne, that distorts light, or the Oslo, designed for a light fog impression.  Milano has a milky form with over 50 different styles. Lastly, the completely private solution of San Marino comes in opaque.  If your theme and décor is emerging into the modern look. Don’t worry, any of these window films provide what you’d want, and without the clutter of blinds or drapes. Even if you fill your home with antiques and want to keep from blending in modern day touches. You can trust that Fasara films seamlessly fit into your home.

Privacy and Sun Control at a Premium

When seeking out the best way to create privacy, these Fasara films are one of the greatest solutions. They help control light that comes into the room where the film has been applied to the window. In addition, controlling light helps cut down heating and cooling costs. While you may intend for them to keep the neighbors from peeping in, they also work to keep burglars from seeing in as well. Though these particular window films are not designed to be secure, they do add an additional level of security if a person can’t see into your home.


The Fasara films from 3M provide a wonderful solution to a steadily growing problem: the lack of privacy and individuality in homes. With 6 designs and at least 50 different styles in one of them, you’re certain to find a design that fits your style. Finally, you can rest easily with the peace of mind that privacy also means a certain level of protection from would-be intruders. Moreover,  Fasara films from 3M also offer sun control that helps lower your heating and cooling costs. The technicians at TriState Sun Control can help you chose the best Fasara film for your needs, and apply them for you, professionally. Call us if you are looking for installation of Fasara window film in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, New Jersey or Connecticut.

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Safety and Security Window Films for Your Home and Office

Few things are more important than the safety of your home and office. A lot of what you keep in your home or office, you consider valuable. In your home, you want to keep your most valuable possession, your family safe from outside elements. In your office, you need to keep valuable information safe from intruders. With Safety and Security Window Films, you can keep what you hold dear, safe and sound from disaster.

Safety and Security Window Films at Home

Residential security is becoming more important as climate change becomes more evident. While you want to protect your home from intruders, it’s also important to protect your home from severe weather. With Safety and Security Window Films your windows have the additional strength of a film designed to make sure an intruder has a hard time breaking and entering. Debris carried on high winds will have a difficult time entering through a protected window with a safety and security window film. Additionally, if you’re concerned about intruders, the film makes it difficult for a would be criminal to enter your home through a protected window.

Safety and Security Window Films at the Office

Your office contains valuable documents and hardware. An intruder with this sort of information is not only a privacy risk but a nightmare. With your data in the wrong hands you’re liable to all sorts of issues. Protecting your office with a security system is almost a thoughtless act. Another easy action is hiring TriState Sun Control to apply Safety and Security Window Films to all of your office windows. Similar to a residential setting, the professionals at TriState Sun Control apply films to make it difficult for outside elements, both criminal and natural, to steal your peace of mind. With a Safety and Security Window film on your windows, the film has the ability to keep glass shards to a minimum. For example, if a natural disaster were to shatter your window, the shatter radius would be considerably smaller. This makes cleaning up easier, and safer.

Benefits of the Window Films

The benefit of better protection for your home and office begins immediately. However, that is not the only benefit of a 3M Window Film. Safety and Security window films also do sun control, which is a pretty big benefit in the long run. These films protect against UV rays and extend the life of your décor. That means your new table won’t look like an antique before its time. Moreover, UV protection extends to you and your colleagues. So if you forget your sunscreen you don’t have to fret.

The TriState Sun Control Guarantees

Safety and Security Window films from 3M come with a platinum warranty for your satisfaction. This means you have sixty months of coverage for these specific films. At TriState Sun Control we offer quality, satisfaction, and money back guarantees. Our specific warranty is 12 months.  Our specialists are professionals that service New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas.

When looking to add additional security to your home or office, look up Safety and Security Window Films by 3M. The films protect from natural disasters and intruders. TriState Sun Control is the licensed professional that can apply the window film, and leave you with an additional level of peace of mind.

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The Benefits of Night Vision Window Films

Most of us spend our day at work, or out and about. When we are in our homes during the day the sun is high above us. When we come home from assorted activities to enjoy our residential space, the sun is lowering, and we face blinding glare. The sun is so bright that we often have to pull the curtains or lower the shades; so we are not really enjoying the view, are we? The benefits of night vision window films include keeping your view, but reducing glare and even unequal heating in your home.

Pick Your Tint

It is important to pick the right level of tint in a night vision film to suit your home and lifestyle. Depending on which direction your windows face, you may wish to adjust which level you pick. There are three levels available through 3M. The first level, 15, allows a visible 15% of light transmitted and has a UV protection of 99%. The second level, 25, allows a visible 24% of light transmitted and has a UV protection of 99%. The third and final level, 35, allows 36% of light transmission and also has UV protection of 99%.

Added Bonuses

While protecting your home from glare, night vision window films also have the bonus of privacy. They darken your windows, making it harder to see in, thus giving you more privacy and peace of mind. Not only do night vision films give you privacy, but they also save you money. They prevent a significant amount of the heat the sun provides from entering your home. This prevents unequal heating in your home, helping your overworked heating and cooling system take a sigh of relief. Preventing unequal heating in your home is a benefit to the bank account, but the UV protection also helps keep your décor from fading.

Install with Confidence

You may still have doubts as to whether or not you would really want to put a film on your window. Despite the benefits you may wonder if it is really worth it? The professionals at TriState Sun Control can assure you that they will increase the comfort of your home. They are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the 3M Night Vision Window Film series. As an authorized dealer, they have the expertise to install the films without any flaws and can assure you that you’ll have the quality your home deserves. TriState Sun Control’s work, and 3M Night Vision Window Films come with quality, satisfaction, and money back guarantee, as well as a happy home and a clean home guarantee. There is also a warranty for 12 months.

The Environment Thanks You

Some may wonder if a window film is good for the environment. The answer is that these films are environmentally friendly. We all know that small steps to taking care of our environment matter so we urge you to consider night vision window films; if not only for your home, your budget, but for your environment as well.

We Thank You

When you’re ready to for a night vision window film, the choice is clear. You should contact TriState Sun Control. It protects your home from the moment it is applied. Leaving you with an enjoyable residential space and a full wallet, a night vision window film is the investment you need.

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Protections for You, Your Family and Your Home: Why Sun Control is Important

Protecting what is important to you comes naturally. You want to protect your family and your home because these two things are so closely linked. What if we told you that protecting your home and your family from the sun was as easy as applying a film to your windows? Sun control takes many forms, from sun screen for your skin to our 3M Sun Control Window films that protect your home and those inside of it.

The sun is harmful

Saying that the sun is harmful may be an understatement and doesn’t accurately describe what the sun does, because while it is harmful the sun is also necessary. Direct sunlight has been measured out to be about 93 lumens per single watt, more than any lightbulb including fluorescent. A standard 60-watt lightbulb now has about 800 lumens of light total. Artificial light also doesn’t contain the harmful UV rays that the sun does. While you may think that it seems like a great idea to let the bright sunlight in, since your lightbulbs can’t seem to match up, it may be a great idea to think again. You can control your light bulbs, there is no control for the sun until now.

Shining a light on the problem

It makes sense that if there is no sun control, with the rays constantly beating into your home with the ones you love inside, there are bound to be problems. That includes unequal heating in your home. Your average lightbulb gets hot after being on for some time. If the sun is constantly beating in through your windows unfiltered, you’re certainly going to notice a few hotspots. No matter if you’re trying to heat or cool your home evenly, hotspots are something you don’t want. Sun control with a 3M Sun Control Window film helps cut down on unevenly heated areas.

Fading in and out

Your electricity bills may seem like enough to spur you to action. Your décor is another reason. The suns UV rays are not only damaging to you and your family’s skin, but they distress your furniture. That hardwood floor is fading and being damaged by your unprotected windows as you read this, as well as your favorite chair to curl up and take a nap in. Do you have framed family photos on the wall illuminated by golden rays of sunlight? We bet they’re gorgeous, however, they’re at risk without some sort of sun control. With 3M Sun Control Window films, you can relax knowing that the wood floor you’ve put in will last longer, and your favorite chair isn’t going to have to go before its time. Your family photos will be around for years to come.

Tri State Sun Control has your 3M Sun Control Window Films

Few professionals are authorized to apply window films to your home. Located in and servicing New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas, at Tri State Sun Control we are authorized and our work comes with a quality and satisfactory guarantee. We also have a 100% money back guarantee. Don’t you think it’s time you tried Tri State Sun Control 3M Sun Control Window Films today? We add an element of protection to your home, you know you need.

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Why the State of Your Home’s Windows Should be a Top Priority

Your home has a few lines of first defense against intruders both big and small; insulation, the doors, the windows. Intruders big and small means, the sun’s harmful rays, criminals, dust particles and bacteria. You have a hard time stopping dust particles and bacteria from entering your home. However, with window treatments on your windows you can help stop the two other harmful things. With window films put on your windows by a window treatment specialist the life of your windows is prolonged and the safety of your home is assured.

Beginning with Security

Regular windows are easy to see through. Unfortunately, not only is it easy for people that would like to break in, to see through your windows, but it is easy for them to break the windows. Even if you shut and lock your windows every time you are not home, regular windows provide little to no protection against criminals. However, a solution to that is easy. Putting a window film on your window, done by a window treatment specialist can stop criminals from seeing inside. The Safety & Security Series of window films can handle the toughest situations from graffiti to seismic activity, and most definitely break and entry.

Helping with Sun Control

Perhaps your neighborhood is safe and you don’t feel that Safety & Security window films are the right window films for you. Are window films even right for you? However, another intruder that is just as harmful and criminal as someone looking to steal valuables are the sun’s rays. The harmful UV rays slowly rob you of your valuables without you knowing it.

The UV rays from the sun not only harm your skin, but they create the fading of your textiles and furnishing. Unfortunately, some heirlooms you want to display can’t be replaced. Sun control films on your window help not only prevent that, but also combat unequal heating in your home. A film on your windows is important in helping your energy costs. You could potentially see a difference in energy costs within just days. Even better, you won’t see an alteration in natural light by adding a sun control film to your windows.

Options Provided by a Window Treatment Specialist

If you are concerned with both safety and security of your home, as well as the sun control aspect it is important to get in touch with your local knowledgeable and certified window treatment specialist. Located in the Tristate area, TriState Sun Control is a certified Window Treatment Specialist that applies 3M window films. They offer a satisfaction, quality and money back guarantee. Ask them about the Safety & Security Window Films line if you worry about intruders and the privacy of your home. However, if you think that sun control is more important to you ask them about their Sun Control line and how it protects from the premature fading of textiles and furnishings.

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What to Look For in a Window Treatment Specialist


The right window affect more than just windows. However, finding the right ones often proves difficult. Hiring a window treatment specialist, means inviting an expert in the industry into your home to share their knowledge with you.  It also means entrusting them with your home, your ideas, and your vision of what you want your home to look like.  With that said, here are some important things to think about to help you take comfort in knowing how to pick the right specialist.

Find the right specialist for your project

Because window treatments come in all shapes and sizes, the expertise of each specialist, within each company, will vary. Some handle shutters and blinds, while others work primarily with fabrics. Still, others possess more knowledge about window films.  Make sure you ask about their experience and knowledge in your areas of interest.  The correct window treatment specialist will be able to advise you on the pros and cons of your interests and help you determine the best choice for your space.

Online research

Once you have decided on a window treatment specialist, look them up online. Look online for any reviews about their current or past work.  There are a number of different review sites that give feedback on window treatment specialists. Find out about their company, and how they handles any mistakes that were made or problems that arose.  Remember, that nobody can make everyone happy, so try giving the benefit of the doubt after reading through the reviews for yourself.

Do a little research on the specialist. How long have they been a window treatment specialist? What kind of training, if any, did they receive?  If they haven’t had professional training, how much experience do they have under someone that did receive training? Sometimes real life experiences far outweigh traditional training.

Warranty or Guarantee

Because window treatments are such an important part of your home décor, a warranty or guarantee might be necessary. Depending on your particular project, ask if your window treatment specialist provides a warranty on the product as well as the work that is being done. You should also ask about a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. It’s important to know how do they plan to correct any unforeseen problems that may arise, before they actually do. A great window treatment specialist will most likely have a process, in writing, for covering the repairs of any damage that may come from the work they are doing.  Additionally, most businesses are insured for occasions such as this. It is always best to check before  unexpected surprises occur.

References and Examples

One of the best ways to advertise is by word of mouth. If a window treatment specialist provides excellent service, their customers are usually more than happy to spread the word.  Ask your specialist for references. If they cannot provide any, ask to at least see examples of previous work performed.  Today, portfolios are an easy reference to keep on hand; whether it’s online through a social media channel or the traditional before and after photos.


In conclusion, any window treatment specialist that you decide to use for your home project, should be able to tell you about any new products, appropriate fabrics or materials for any use, plus any special innovations and values from manufacturers and suppliers. They should also be able to add valuable suggestions and ideas to yours and give opinions on ways to create the look you desire.  Finding the right window specialist doesn’t have to be a nightmare, and by doing a little homework beforehand, you will be sure to have a pleasant experience that will leave you enjoying your home for many years to come.

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