Windows are a vital component of your home’s construction, bringing in light, warmth, and fresh air – you knew that. But did you know that window tinting is a simple and cost-effective way of making home windows more energy-efficient? Or that tinting can protect valuable items in your home from fading? Let’s take a closer look at how tinting can save you some money:

Window tinting can be a great energy saver. In cold climates like the one here in Indiana, the surface area of home windows accounts for as much as 30 percent of heat loss. Double- and triple-pane windows can reduce this loss considerably, but they are expensive to install. Window tinting can reduce heat loss by five percent – for a lot smaller investment. And tinted windows have many other advantages beyond energy savings.

You can’t see ultraviolet rays, but you can see the damage they leave behind. Left unchecked, ultraviolet rays can fade the color of furniture, drapes, carpets, and artwork in your home. They’re also harmful to your skin, even when you’re inside. Window tint films reduce UV rays by as much as 99 percent. And by virtually eliminating damage from this source of radiation; you’ll be extending the projected lifespans of everything from couches to carpet.

Window tint usually consists of an extremely strong film of polyester sheeting. And these films have a high tensile strength, leading to another advantage: While a tinted film can’t stop a window from breaking, it can hold the damaged pieces in place and reduce the chances of someone getting hurt. This feature also makes it harder for someone trying to break-in to the house.

In the past, window films were often dark or reflective. Now this doesn’t have to be the case. Window tinting films can be clear or shaded in a wide range of colors. Color-tinted windows can create a dramatic and beautifying effect on the look of a home. Window films can also shield the home’s interior from view, without requiring you to draw the shades.

Maybe by now you’re convinced that window film has its merits, but you have no idea how easy it is to install. In the hands of a professional tinting company, such as Solar Concepts in NW Indiana, window film installation is easy and trouble-free. While the exact process of tint installation differs slightly, depending on the manufacturer and the installer, most involve the following steps:

Furnishings, curtains, and carpeting are moved away from the window. The window is carefully cleaned, then wet with a soapy solution to reduce static electricity while the film is being applied. The tinting film is then carefully stretched out against the window surface, and a squeegee is used to work out all air bubbles.

After application, the new film needs to dry in place. During this time, there is can be some clouding or appearance of water under the film. This is a normal part of the drying process, and if the film has been correctly installed, it will clear up in about a day. If you think the tint installation process sounds fast and easy, that’s because it is.

Whether you want to upgrade your home’s energy efficiency or protect your valuables from fading, window film can be a great investment. Why not follow up with one of Indiana’s window tinting pros today?