By now you’ve probably heard about a number of different benefits that window tint offers, whether installed on your car or home. One of those benefits is the ability to keep the interior of your vehicle or home cooler. But how does window tint do this?
The reason window tint can help keep your home or car cooler is a two-part answer. First, it reduces the loss of cooling efforts. Second, it reduces the amount of direct sunlight (and thus, heat) that is able to enter your dwelling.
Reducing Cooling Loss
A lot of energy is lost through your window panes. Even those equipped with storm windows or dual-panes could be losing a small amount of cooling costs in the summer – as well as heating costs in the winter. This does two things: (1) increase the overall temperature of your home, and (2) makes your air conditioning unit work twice as hard to keep the desired temperature.
Window tint helps by providing an extra layer of protection against cooling loss. The layer is applied to the inside of the window pane, and can help to reduce energy loss by up to 30%. This means your home or car’s interior will not only be kept cooler, but you will also save money because your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard.
Reducing Heat Entering
Another culprit in uncomfortable interior temperatures is the amount of sunlight allowed to filter through your car or home windows. In fact, windows can even magnify the heat of the sunlight, thus causing it to rise even more. Think about how hot your vehicle gets on a warm, sunny day. This is because of the amount of heat coming in through your vehicle’s windows.
Once again there is a two-part reason behind why window tint works to reduce heat entering. First, it provides that extra layer of protection against sunlight. By darkening the windows, less direct sunlight is able to enter the interior of either your home or vehicle.
But window tint is also reflective. This means, essentially, that it bounces some of the sunlight and heat away from the windows instead of allowing it to enter. While some sunlight and heat will still be able to enter through the windows, the amount is significantly decreased when those windows are tinted. The average window pane is up to 30% reflective, meaning that up to 30% of heat will be directed back away from your interior.
By reducing the amount of cooling efforts lost through window panes and the amount of heat which is able to enter through the windows, window tint helps keep your home or car significantly cooler. Just how much cooler – as well as how much money is saved – depends on the number of windows you have and what exact type of tinting is used. All window tint, however, can make a significant impact on how cool your interior is.