The Southwest is an attractive place to live because the weather is almost always warm and the days sunny. But it can also get very hot, with some parts of the region seeing average temperatures of 80+ degrees year round. If you’re not careful with how you keep your home cool, you’ll end up wasting more energy than you need to.
Luckily, there are a number of ways to reduce energy usage, lower your carbon footprint and keep your utility bills in check. The only problem is that many of these changes are either expensive (purchasing a new A/C unit) or impractical (turning down the thermostat, keeping windows covered).
Isn’t there a better solution? Something that isn’t a major investment and won’t compromise the comfort level in your home? You’ll be pleased to know that there is.
Solar window tints are an excellent option for homes and businesses. They provide many benefits, but in this post, we wanted to look exclusively at their potential for energy efficiency. By being more efficient, you can be gentler on the environment – and your wallet.
So how exactly does window tinting work to be energy efficient?
Reject the Sun’s Heat
Window film naturally reflects solar energy. How much depends on the type of window film selected. When choosing a dependable, reliable company like AZ Solar Control, you can expect that up to 78% of the sun’s energy is rejected. This means that the solar radiation getting into the home is considerably less, making the environment cool and comfortable.
Run the A/C Less
Now imagine how much cooler your home would be on hot days if nearly 80% of the heat was kept out of the home? You wouldn’t have to run your A/C at such a low temperature, and your system wouldn’t have to work as hard to keep the home cool. Just a few degrees in temperature reduction can slash your utility bills by 25%.
Insulation from the Cold
Though it doesn’t get particularly cold in the Southwest, low temperatures at night, especially during the winter, are possible. Having solar film on your windows will keep the home warmer by providing insulation and heat retention. It’s a nice perk that reminds us that window film is a year-round asset.
Keep the View
The best part about applying solar window tints is that you don’t have to compromise your view. If you have a home with big, beautiful windows, why keep them covered throughout the day? The same is true if you work in an office with a nice view and natural sunlight. Why kill the motivation in a dark space with heavy blinds or drapes?
With solar window tinting, you can enjoy the best of both worlds – comfort and beauty – without having to make any major investment or lifestyle change.