Residential Tinting – More Than Just Energy Savings

As we discussed in the last post, residential window tinting can be an effective way to save energy, which has become so important as people realize that the value of our energy goes beyond the dollar amount on our monthly bill.   But window film can have several benefits to the homeowner, outside of those offered by energy savings.

The solar reflection properties that help keep your energy bills lower, are also protecting your Cause of Fading Chartfurniture and flooring from the sun’s harmful rays.  The sun can often be more damaging to antiques, artwork and fine rugs than the wear and tear of everyday life.   The main causes of fading are shown in the chart to the left – and as you can see, solar energy sources account for a big chunk of the discoloration on some of our most valuable possessions.

Residential tinting film can also provide another type of protection that many people don’t consider a risk until it happens – home window breakage.  We expect a certain level of risk in car window breakage, that’s why the glass on your automobile is either tempered safety glass, or laminated windshield glass.  But most residential window glass is just like any other flat glass, when it breaks, it makes large shards and tiny glass splinters.

When applied to the inside of single or double pane windows residential films can help prevent these shards of the interior glass from scattering all over due to impact damage.  Whether the damage to the window was a kid’s home run ball or a loose branch in a storm, window film can prevent injury or material damage due to flying glass.   Home tinting film can also hold the glass together in case of intentional breakage, making it harder for anyone to maliciously gain access to your home without serious injury to themselves.

Residential window tinting provides a line of protection against everything from faded furniture to flying footballs, on top of the more familiar energy savings.   It’s a wonder more people don’t consider this one of the first options for residential window improvements – it can save your money, your belongings and maybe even your self!

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Window Tinting at Home – Protection with No Need for Low-E

People often regard residential window tinting as they would applying foil to your windows –  it may keep the rays out, but it just doesn’t look nice.  Many neighborhood associations have even taken the step to set guidelines that prohibit residential tint.  But the truth is that putting film on your home’s windows can protect your home and save energy, without giving your home the mirrored sunglass look, or any look at all for that matter!

With a variety of films that are protective, yet invisible from the outside, even homeowners in communities with strict HOA policies have options for insulating and preserving without any change in appearance.  One of the most popular films lately is our optically clear, polyester based Hilite film series by Panorama, which has unbeatable protection while being virtually imperceptible – both indoors and out.  Hilite films provide even greater solar energy protection without the reflective quality of the old mirror films.

And people thinking about replacing their decent insulated window units with Low-E or even Argon gas filled windows, might look to residential film for a more efficient and economical solution.  Some films have solar energy rejection rates higher than those offered by any of the modern gas filled window types.  And with the natural insulation that another layer can give you (think plastic sheets over the windows), residential films can make a bigger dent in the amount of energy traveling in and out through you windows.

Your choice in films can make a big difference in the effect on energy savings, as some films can actually store tons of heat, making the windows less efficient than they were before.  If you are wondering which film might be right for your home, check out the information on our site or more detailed information about the Hilite film, provided by Panorama.