When the owner of a 14,000-square-foot dream home in Sedona, Arizona, designed his residence, he included numerous towering windows that invited splendid red rock mountain views on every side of his property. But along with those views, he knew he would have to contend with one problem – the sun. While he wanted to control the sun’s negative effects, such as damaging UV rays, glare, and heat, he didn’t want to compromise the views with heavy draperies or blinds.
The Sedona homeowner had encountered a similar issue at his manufacturing plant a year earlier. Working with local 3M™ Scotchtint™ Window Film dealer Ross Kehl, owner of Synchronicity, Inc., he had 3M™ Window Film applied to the building’s windows.
“3M™ Window Film solved our heat and glare issues at the plant, so when we ordered windows for the house and couldn’t get them tinted before they were installed, I called Kehl in again,” the homeowner says. “He recommended the new 3M™ Night Vision Window Film.”
According to Kehl, Night Vision window film made sense for several reasons.
“The homeowner wanted a film that would control the effects of the sun while saving his unbelievable views,” says Kehl. “Night Vision Film’s superior technology blocks UV rays almost completely, reduces solar heat by up to 59 percent, and decreases glare by 72 percent. But, best of all, when you’re on the inside looking out, the film’s low reflectivity gives you clear views – both day and night.”
Based on the location of the windows, Kehl used three out of the four shades in the Night Vision line. Windows facing north were covered with 35 Night Vision, the film with the lightest tint. For windows facing east, west, and south, he applied 3M™ 25 Night Vision Window Film. Finally, the windows on the home’s elevator shaft were covered with 15 Night Vision, for maximum privacy.
Preliminary results indicate that Night Vision window film will save the homeowners 10 to 15 percent in energy costs per year. Even so, the homeowner is more pleased with the film’s other benefits.
“The Night Vision Film has given our home a nice shaded look – it’s just pleasing to the eye,” he says. “And, when I’m inside at night looking out into the lighted courtyards, the view is clear as day. Without the film, the glare from the lights would have prevented that.”
The 3M Difference
“3M is a quality product,” says the homeowner. “We’ve used other tinting companies in the past for our cars, but 3M offers the only film that does what it says it will do.”