One question that homeowners want to know is, “How does window film keep unwanted heat out of my home?” As it turns out, window tinting is an effective way to reduce a home’s temperature. Tinted windows are ideal for any homeowner who wants to add more privacy to their home. However, tinted windows also minimize the sunlight entering the home, leading to lower internal temperatures. Considering how thin window film is, it’s impressive that it plays such a significant role in heat reduction. American Solar Tinting will walk you through the scientific factors of how residential window films keeps out unwanted heat.
More Details About How Window Film Blocks Out Unwanted Heat
Window film uses primarily polyester to block out the sun. Small fragments of metal and thin dye layers are also used with specific films on the film’s topmost layer.
Polyester, combined with metal and dye, allows the film’s layers to prevent solar heat gain while enabling natural light to enter the home. A common myth is that residential window film blocks out the sun entirely, but you’ll still be able to enjoy ambient light in your home.
Nano-carbon ceramic films are a relatively new addition to the window tinting industry. These films combine carbon and ceramic pieces to create a film with more powerful heat-blocking capabilities and richer coloring. Also, nano-carbon ceramic films can retain their color, meaning that this film can last many years without needing replacement.
Films with nano-carbon ceramic technology are unmatched in blocking unwanted heat. However, it still provides excellent visibility of the home’s exterior or outdoor views.
How to Judge a Window Tint’s Effectiveness
We recommend asking about or looking for a window tint’s light transmittance rating. Visible light transmission (VLT) determines the transmission level of visible light through the window tint. On the other hand, visible light absorption (VLA) determines the tint’s ability to absorb light, while visible light reflectance (VLR) measures the amount of light reflected off the window tint.
These terms need to be clarified and seem interchangeable. So, we’ll provide an example. Consider a vehicle without tinted windows. The car or truck would transmit 90% of the visible light in this situation, making the glass’ VLT 90%. The same glass only absorbs 5% of the light, meaning its VLA rating is 5. The remaining 5% of visible light would reflect off the surface, giving the tint a VLR rating of 5.
In this case, a lot of visible light can get inside the vehicle. Without window tinting, the inside of structures can become quite hot.
The Benefits of Heat Reduction
You might already know that the less hard your HVAC systems have to work, the more money you save on energy, heating, and cooling costs. However, you might have yet to consider how a too-hot home impacts your health. A structure that’s extremely hot inside can cause heatstroke and dehydration.
In so many ways, a hot home causes discomfort, and residential window film is a cost-effective way to make your home more comfortable. Contact American Solar Tinting today if you have more questions about the benefits of residential window tinting.
Contact American Solar Tinting Today for Office Window Tints
American Solar Tinting has the expertise and equipment to keep your home or business decorative and beautiful with window film. We have almost 60 years of experience serving our wonderful customers without the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. We offer a variety of solutions for you, whether you need residential window or glass tinting, logo graphics, or security films. For more information on how we can help you and your business, contact us online or give us a call at 1-800-969-0100. For more tips and tricks for your home and business, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.