If you're looking for ways to keep your home cooler during the summer and have lower power bills too, consider getting residential window tinting. The tint blocks solar heating so your south-facing rooms stay cooler even if you leave the blinds open. This gives you the benefit of a cooler room that has better illumination with natural light. Here's a closer look at residential window tinting and its benefits.
Window Tinting Is Actually Film
If you've wondered how window tinting is done, the answer is that tint is a film that's applied to your window glass. The film is usually put on the interior side of the glass. The windows are washed first and a light coating of soapy water is left behind to help the film glide on. The film is then flattened with a squeegee to remove air bubbles and wrinkles.
The end result is that the glass itself looks tinted rather than looking like the film is stuck to the glass. When the tint is applied by a professional, your windows have a beautiful appearance with no bubbles or other indications that film is attached.
Residential Window Tinting Reflects The Sun
A major benefit of window tint for your home is that it reflects the sun so solar heating is greatly reduced. You might appreciate southerly windows in the winter when you're looking for a warm place to snuggle up, but in the summer, solar heating through windows can make south-facing rooms too hot. That might even drive up your air conditioning bill.
Blocking the sun has other benefits too. UV rays fade furniture and carpet, so blocking them could help fabrics in your rooms stay new-looking for longer. UV rays also cause problems with glare. However, you can watch TV or work on your computer with the blinds open when you have window tinting since glare will be blocked so you can see your monitor or television with no problem.
If blocking the sun to keep your home more comfortable is your primary concern, you may only want window film on the south and west windows of your home. If you want other benefits, such as increased privacy or reduced glare, then you may want every window in your house to have tint applied.
Applying Window Tint Goes Fairly Fast
The number of windows you want to be tinted determines how long the job takes, but you'll probably find the work goes fairly fast. You shouldn't need to waste time taking down drapes and rehanging them. Drapes don't usually interfere with the installation process.
Since the work involves using water, the contractor may put down towels to catch drips and protect your drapes. They may also need to move furniture away from the windows so they have room to work, but a major disruption of your home isn't necessary.