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window-film-and-the-weatherThere are several good reasons why residential window film is recommended especially during the hottest and coldest months of the year.

Higher Energy Prices

In today’s world, the cost of supplying energy to homes has continued to increase, which has homeowners considering options to lessen monthly utility bills. While sealing cracks around doors and windows will help, as well as adding or replacing insulation, one area that has a direct effect on loss of energy are the windows.

With window tinting in place, you’ll feel a significant difference in the temperature as well as realize energy efficient savings each month. The tint and the insulation it supplies works as a barrier against outside forces throughout the year.

Summer Heat

When the summer temperatures heat up and your home’s windows are subjected to direct sunlight for several hours, the heat from the ultraviolet rays penetrates the window pane and enters the home. As the heat continues to filter in, the interior temperature of each room rises. This results in the air conditioner being forced to accommodate for the rising temperatures. The more it runs, the higher the utility bill, plus, it adds more wear and tear on the air conditioning system, which can lead to additional maintenance to the system.

Winter Cold

During the winter, the last thing you want is heat escaping through the window panes. It’s no different than having the door open with the heater going full blast. A layer of window film applied to each window works as an insulating barrier to keep warm air in and cold air out. By helping to regulate the interior temperature results in less stress on the heating system and lower utility bills.

Protecting Interior Assets

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are damaging not only to our skin but also to the items in your home. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, window film offers protection by blocking UV rays by 99.9 percent. This is something to consider to provide a healthy environment for those living in the home.

Furniture fabric, silk flower arrangements, rugs, carpet, artwork and curtains can be negatively affected by the sunlight filtering through the windows. Materials will become faded and other types of items can become brittle or dried out due to continuous exposure to the UV rays. Tinted windows have the capability of blocking the damaging light.

Removes The Glare

Trying to watch a television program or clearly see a computer monitor when the glare of the sun is affecting the clarity of the screen is next to impossible. With tinted windows, the glare is gone and what you’ll see is filtered natural light. Along with the glare, the tinting also has a direct effect on heat build-up. By reducing the heat entering the window it reduces monthly utility costs.

Safety

Accidents happen all the time. A stormy day with heavy hail, strong winds blowing debris against the window, or a renegade baseball result in broken or shattered glass. This is a dangerous situation especially if you or a family member is near the window when the breakage occurs. Window film provides a barrier that will help prevent the glass from scattering by holding the broken pieces in place.

Privacy and Security

During the day, tinted windows provide a level of privacy. While you have the benefit of filtered light and the ability to see clearly anyone who is outside, the tinting does not allow those outside to clearly see you. This gives you the option of enjoying the outside view and light in private versus pulling the blinds, closing the curtains, and turning on interior lighting.