Are you considering placing window tinting on your home windows to reduce the amount of sunlight and heat that is entering your home? Adding window tinting film is a simple, cheap and effective way of conserving energy and keeping excessive heat out of the home, but is just one of the ways of achieving this. In this article, we will go over the advantages and disadvantages of window tinting film.
Advantages of Window Tinting
There are quite a few advantages to adding window tinting to your home; the biggest advantage being that applying the tint is fairly simple to do, costs very little money — compared to the alternatives — and can be purchased and installed same day, usually in a few hours. It truly should be considered a quick-fix, but remember, that quick-fixes will often provide you with minimal results, compared to the more intensive and expensive options.
Home window tinting is not only dark, but often also has a reflective layer on the outside-facing side of the film. Not only does this reflective material bounce heat and rays back to the outside, but makes it so that people outside the windows cannot see into the home as easily. This will benefit you and your family with extra privacy from those walking by, or strangers trying to peer into your windows.
Longer Lasting Furniture, Hardwood Floors, and Carpets
Sunlight has a tendency to quickly deteriorate materials with constant exposure to it. This is why materials often get sun-bleached, your car dashboard begins to turn to dust, and colors fade when exposed to too much sunlight. Materials inside your home, on your furniture, and built into your home will see a much longer lifetime with reduced sunlight exposure. Though a cheap fix for sunlight exposure, home window tinting film is one of the best ways to reduce harmful indoor sunlight exposure.
Disadvantages of Window Tinting
As we said before, applying window tinting film to your home windows should be considered a quick-fix that does not cost much money and can be applied almost immediately. Though a good quick solution, it will not offer the same results as more expensive and higher-efficiency options.
Decreased Privacy At Night
We stated before that the reflective nature of window film will aid in privacy; not allowing for anyone to peer into your home easily through the windows. The bad news is, this aid in privacy nearly disappears after dark. At night, the main source of light will be coming from the inside of the house — rather than the outside. This means that at night, anyone will be able to peer easily into your home, but you may not be able to see them outside as easily.
A Colder Home In The Winter
Again, window film is meant to keep excessive heat from making its way into your home via sunlight. While this might be optimal during the summertime, the film works the exact same in the wintertime, not allowing the free warming from the sun. This means your furnace is going to have to work extra hard in the winter to make up for the lack of warming from the sun through the windows.
There are advantages and disadvantages to using a home window tinting film to aid in reduced heat and energy. However, for this simple and affordable fix, the disadvantages tend to outweigh the advantages. We would steer our readers more towards high efficiency solutions such as sunshades and energy efficient windows instead. These options will cost more up-front, but offer energy savings so high, that the investment can pay for itself in just a few years.