Commercial buildings have long used window tint to help keep cooling costs down and prevent damage to the interior from ultraviolet rays. Now, homeowners can also make use of this amazing, yet simple, technology and reap many benefits, including making homes more comfortable and more energy efficient.
Home window tinting is an investment with a remarkable return that you’ll enjoy for many years. Here’s what you should know if you’re considering installing window tint on your home’s windows.
Cost of Window Tinting for Homes
While some people choose this as a do-it-yourself process, there are significant benefits to having window film professionally installed. Experienced professionals like the installers at Snappy Tint are authorized by manufacturers, and will do the process right the first time. A professional will work more efficiently, and has the knowledge and tools to prevent bubbles and other problems that would eventually have to be repaired, providing a much better value in the long term.
Having a professional install home window tinting will give you peace of mind, and ensure you’re getting the maximum benefit in energy efficiency (discussed below), which will pay back the cost of installation over a certain period of time, depending on the product. And never underestimate the value of having the job completed quickly, in a timely fashion. Installing window film correctly requires skill, and hiring a professional will save you significant aggravation.
Energy Savings from Home Window Tinting
Sunlight coming through windows creates hot spots in your house, causing your heating and air conditioning system to work less efficiently than it could. Window tinting for homes cuts down on hot spots significantly, and the result is less strain on your HVAC system, and lower utility bills. A 1,500 square foot home with single-pane windows can expect cooling bills to drop by up to 30% after window tinting is applied. The break-even point or “payback” for window tint is usually three to four summers. That’s when the energy savings offsets the costs of the window tint installation. You’ll notice a drop in your cooling bills immediately after having home window tinting installed.
How Long Your Investment Lasts
High-quality home window tint applied by professionals can last 15 to 20 years. After you reach your “break even” cost point in three or four summers, you’ll continue to enjoy savings on your cooling bills another 12 to 17 years, and this can add up to a significant amount of money. Professionally-applied window tinting looks great, and won’t compromise your view through your windows. However, you do have the option to choose products that make it harder to see inside your house from the outside, and many homeowners find this increased privacy to be an added benefit.
We recently installed a decorative window film product on the front door glass of this newly-purchased home in Louisiana. Decorative window film not only adds privacy, it provides a way to add style by creating patterns in your home’s windows (like the Fleurs-de-Lis) without damaging the glass. Click here for more information about decorative window films.
Other Benefits of Window Tinting for Homes
Window tinting can reduce glare on hard surfaces, like televisions.
Not all benefits of home window tinting are financial, however. By cutting down on ultraviolet rays coming in through windows, it reduces fading of carpets, drapes, furniture, and artwork, so that they look new for longer. The lack of hot spots in your home gives you more use of all areas of your house, and you’ll experience less glare off shiny surfaces like computer screens.
Should a rock or other projectile shatter a window, many high-quality window tinting films can actually improve safety by holding the pieces of glass together rather than sending them flying. Window tinting for homes benefits your bank account, your furnishings, and your overall comfort.
If you would like to learn more about the types of home window tinting available and how they can make your life more comfortable, click here to contact us. We are a top provider of professional home window tinting in the Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region.
About the Guest Author:
Bill Valway is CEO of Absolute Perfection, Inc. and a long-time friend in the window film industry. For more information about home window tinting in Maryland, contact Absolute Perfection Window Tinting & Graphics | 5399 Enterprise St. | Sykesville, Maryland 21784 | (410) 549-4285.