You already know that window film can reduce glare and guard against skin cancer. What you may not know is that it can also protect your home from the sun’s harmful rays. Here are just a few ways in which tinted windows could protect your most valuable investment.
Protects Furniture and Carpets
Your carpeting, furniture, and home accessories are all subject to fading in the sun. Window film on the other hand reduces the number of UV rays to keep your fixtures looking fresh. As a result, you will not have to worry about replacing items because they have become too worn. If you have leather or vinyl pieces, there is no concern about them cracking or peeling either.
Saves Blinds and Draperies
Your furniture isn’t the only thing that’s susceptible to UV damage, as your window coverings are as well. In fact, blinds and draperies are more likely to encounter sunlight damage since they are the first ones to absorb rays. Window film is a big bonus if you have bamboo or wooden blinds, which are prone to cracking under very intense heat. However, you could also benefit even if you have vinyl or PVC blinds because you won’t have to worry about them becoming yellowed over time.
Eases HVAC Strain
Your home’s HVAC system is a major investment in your comfort. The harder it works, the shorter its lifespan, and the greater the likelihood of repairs is. Window film can block as much as 79% of the sun’s rays, allowing your home to remain cooler during the summer months. This means your HVAC system will not have to work as hard, thereby increasing its longevity and reducing the number of repairs. You’ll feel more comfortable, and will save a significant amount on your monthly energy bill.
Keeps Hardwood Floors Looking Like New
Hardwood floors, (including more modern versions such as laminate flooring), is highly susceptible to sunlight damage. Streaks may begin appearing on your floors, and they might also feel dry or rough to the touch. A phenomenon known as cupping might also occur when your floors have a moisture imbalance. With cupping, the edges of your boards curl upwards, leaving an unsightly indentation in the center. This can make your floor difficult to walk on, and greatly detracts from its appearance.
Reduces the Odds of a Break-In
Burglars carefully choose which houses they are going to break into. Their decisions are based upon the likelihood of snatching valuables once they are inside. If thieves can see into your home, they can assess what merchandise is in there and determine how easy it would be to grab things. That won’t be the case if you have window film, as criminals will not be able to “case” your house as easily. This means they will likely move on to another home instead.
Aside from providing protection, tinted windows also add ambience and curb appeal. If you have considered window film but have put off having it applied, now is the time to rethink your decision.