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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Advanced Safety Features – What Do You Think?

As the 2011 model cars are gleaming in showrooms and cruising the highway, many of us wonder about the new high-tech features that have come about recently.  With the competition quite tight in the auto market, many car makers started introducing increasingly advanced safety components on mid-priced new cars, many of them relying on electronic sensors.   But we have to wonder how new car owners feel about the new features available to them and how these components are helping (or irritating) drivers nationwide.

With several options available for sensor based systems in the 2011 cars, the type available to you depends mostly on which type of car you choose – as most types are make and model specific.   One of the more advanced systems is designed as a head-on crash prevention measure, with front facing radar that detects changes in speed and traffic patterns.  The system can then warn you of changes with an audio-visual alert, pre-charge the brakes, and even apply the brakes for you once you remove your foot from the accelerator.  These collision avoidance systems come with a variety of abilities – some of the high-end car models can even steer their way out of the accident. Continue reading