Window tints are an often-overlooked solution that can make your windows more energy efficient. What’s more, they’re not only affordable, but can be added to pretty much any window, adding not only efficiency but also a degree of privacy.
So how do you choose the right tint for your home? With the following tips.
Pick the right windows
Some windows make more sense to add tint to than others. A case study here? If you find the heat from the sun becomes overwhelming in certain room or rooms on one side of your home. Whether it’s one main room (such as the living room) or several bedrooms bothered by the heat, adding window tint can really help and also conserve energy.
Types of film
Window tints come in a few options, but options are useless unless you know how they differ!
For maximum energy efficiency, there are insulating films. These will reflect back the sun’s warming rays. This not only gives you great climate control, but also cuts down on the hydro bill and prevents fading damage to your indoor belongings.
To reduce glare in rooms with TVs or computers, choose a film that blocks UV rays and glare. There are also privacy films, which let some light in but obscure the view of your home’s interior.
And, for fun, consider a coloured tint. These come in a variety of colourful options to add a bit of character to your home’s look – and can be mixed and matched for maximum effect. They can be translucent or frosted, to your preference. To kick things up a notch, there are also stained glass films, which look as cool as you would expect.
Key terminology about tint
The percentage of tint determines how much privacy you can expect. The lower the percentage, the more privacy shading you will get. Meanwhile, visible light reflection indicates the amount of light the film will block. Light transmission refers the darkness of the tint – the larger the number, the darker it will be.
Total solar rejection simply means just how good a job the tint will block heat and harmful UV rays. On that note, UV rejection is the rate at which the film will block A and B UV rays. Finally, the shading coefficient value determines the amount of heat the film will reduce.
If you’re looking to tint your windows or are simply looking for a way to revamp your old windows, contact the experts at Heritage Home today!