Did you know that installing window film can improve your energy bills — not only in the summer, but also in the winter? While many homeowners understand the benefits of window film in the summer, when sun and heat is at its highest levels, the reality is that window film is beneficial year-round. Here’s why:
UV Rays Are a Year-Round Concern
One of the primary benefits of installing sun-blocking window film is the fact that it reduces the amount of UV rays that enter your home. In fact, Rayno’s architectural house window tinting products can reduce UV exposure by as much as 99 percent.
Why is this so important, even in the winter? Unlike heat, UV rays are a year-round risk with sun exposure. If you live in an area where it snows, the snow can amplify the intensity of the UV rays. UV rays fade upholstery, cause damage to skin and can cause skin cancer — risks that are present all year long — so reducing your exposure is important.
Heat Conduction and Heat Gain
If your home has a lot of windows, the sunlight streaming through those windows is increasing your home’s temperature … because windows are excellent conductors of heat. Heat gain — heat enters your home when the sun shines on your windows and is conducted through the window glass — can force your air conditioner to work overtime.
Heat-reducing window film can help deter this. Window film blocks infrared radiation that sunlight contains, and keeps it from entering and heating the home. This is done without blocking light, so you can continue to enjoy the summer sun without unwanted heat gain.
Convection and Heat Loss
Blocking the absorption of heat seems like an obvious function of window film, but what happens in the winter when you don’t want warmth to escape your home? Heat-blocking window film can help.
In order to understand this, you must first understand how heat is lost through the windows in winter. Convection occurs when heat transfer happens between a solid (window glass) and a gas (air). When the cold, outdoor air comes in contact with your window glass, the heat inside your home is transferred through the glass and released to the outdoor air through the process of convection. With that transfer, your heating cost can be higher.
Thermal window film adds a layer of insulation to the window to reduce this convection effect. The end result is more heat staying in your home, where it belongs, instead of flowing through your windows and into the outdoor air. Learn more about how window tint blocks heat.
Choose All Season Window Tinting to Prevent Heat Gain and Loss
As you can see, house window tinting is an excellent way to improve your home’s temperature without driving up energy bills. If you are looking for all season window tinting, Rayno has your needs covered with our architectural window film products. Contact one of our dealers to learn more about having your windows covered to avoid these common problems.