Window Tinting Saves Money and Improves Home Environment
There are a lot of ways of making home improvements that save money on energy bills. Pretty much everyone has heard about weather stripping, attic insulation and double glazed windows. One measure that can make a significant dent in the energy bill that has not received as much attention is window tinting.
Window tints and films can do more than save money on energy bills. This low cost improvement also reduces glare improving the view out of the window. Windows with films also let in less UV light. This means that furnishings, art work, rugs and other personal items will get less UV exposure, and will suffer less damage from fading of colors and deterioration of materials.
Window films are made from a variety of materials, including ceramics. They come in different thicknesses and adhere to the window surface, reducing both UV light and heat exchange. Saving on the cost of energy in a major benefit of having home windows tinted. The cost of having a home’s windows tinted can usually be recouped in energy savings within one to two years.
Single pane windows that have window film applied to them can result in up to a 37 percent reduction in heating and cooling costs. With double glazed windows, the savings can be as much as 20 percent. With up to 43 percent of a typical home’s energy bill going to heating and cooling, this can add up to substantial savings. Studies on the effectiveness of window tinting have shown that this measure is most effective in older homes in warm climates.
In warm weather areas the objective is keeping the house cooler in summer and reduce air conditioning costs. In this situation, window films are applied to the exterior of the window keeping heat out. In cooler areas where heating costs are the biggest concern, window film are applied to the inside of the window pane, and act to keep warmth inside.
Window film can also be decorative. They come in a wide variety of colors and degrees of tinting which can add an aesthetic touch to the look of the windows as well. Some window films also provide a safety factor if the glass breaks by holding the shards together. This feature is especially worth considering in areas where hurricanes and tornadoes occur.
Window films are economical and can be installed quickly, resulting in immediate improvement to the interior conditions of the house. While they do reduce visible light slightly, this can be a benefit in hot climates where interior glare and hot spots are problems.
Federal tax rebates have also been available in recent years for homeowners who get window films installed. While these programs change from year to year and differ around the country, some recent rebates have returned as much as 30 percent of the cost of materials up to total of $1,500 in direct tax write-offs for home owners who have window tinting done.
If you are looking for ways of reducing your energy bills in summer and winter, as well as improving the quality of your indoor environment, look into having tinted window film installed on your home’s windows.