As the summertime approaches and that thermometer rises, temperatures in your home rise, too. When that happens, we switch on the air conditioner or ceiling fans, but did you know you can make some adjustments to windows to help with the heat inside your home?
You’ve probably heard of window tinting on cars to keep the sunlight and heat out, but similar products exist for your home windows. And that leads to savings! According to 3M Home Window Solutions, up to 30% of all the energy used to heat and cool homes in the U.S. escapes through windows, so take the time to do what you can and save money where you can.
How Window Tint Works
Your current blinds or curtains do a bit of work when it comes to keeping out the summer heat, but they also can impede views and cut down on natural light. There are several window film options to help reduce heat and glare, protect your furniture or other materials in your home from fading, and they offer security and privacy.
Type of Window Film:
- Metalized or dual-reflective window film: Microscopic pieces of metal in the film reflect ultraviolet light and heat similar to a mirror. This reduces interior heat gain and glare and creates a better view of the outside.
- Dyed, pigment, or hybrid window film: With this option, a special blend of dyes and pigments absorb the sun’s rays. Since the film absorbs light rather than reflecting it, the window doesn’t take on a mirror-like appearance from the outside. This results in a more natural appearance that many homeowners may prefer, but it may strain the glass in extremely hot environments.
- Ceramic window film: Ceramic is one of the most durable, heat-absorbent materials in use today. In window tint products, ceramic offers unmatched clarity for all the heat-blocking and energy-efficiency benefits you want without negatively affecting your view or reducing the incoming light.
At KC Window Film, our expert technicians professionally install the films in a way that makes them nearly impossible to notice. This is not the old-school peel and stick plastic coating. Technology has advanced dramatically!
How Window Tint Saves Money
When it comes to temperature control, window tints offer numerous benefits. The 3M Window Films that we install can reduce up to 78% of the sun’s heat that comes through windows. Benefits of this include a beautiful view while rejecting the sun’s heat; protection of your home’s interior furnishings and increased comfort and energy efficiency.
How Can You Maximize Savings?
- Install window film on south- and west-facing windows to help reduce heat gain in the home.
- Choose a high-quality window film that provides UV protection to help reduce fading of furniture and flooring.
- Make sure the window film is installed by a professional for the best results.
If you’re interested in learning more about how window film can help you save money on your energy bills, contact KC Window Film today! We would be happy to discuss your options and help create a plan to cut your energy expenses.