The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 48 percent of a home’s energy costs go toward heating and cooling. This is a substantial amount of money. If you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy bills and improve the comfort level in your home — while also going “green” by reducing your carbon footprint — tinted windows can be an important part of the equation. Window tint can reduce heat gain in your home, while also reducing the amount of UV rays that enter and put your family at risk. Following are some reasons why tinting is a good investment for your home.
Window Tint Cuts Cooling Costs by As Much As 50 Percent
About 15 percent of the wall space in a typical home is glass, in the form of windows. As the demand for natural light increases, this percentage is rising. Unfortunately, glass is a poor insulator, and this means money spent on energy essentially is being lost, going right out through those windows.
Window film actually represents one of the most effective ways to stop this energy loss and reduce heat gain in the summer months. In fact, depending on the type of window tinting you choose, you can reduce the heat gain in your home by about 80 percent, leading to cooling cost savings of close to 50 percent. When you switch from cooling to heating, the film will help keep your heated air inside your home.
Reduce Dangerous UV Ray Exposure
Window film not only can reduce heat gain in your home, but UV window film also can reduce the amount of UV exposure your family faces inside the home. Without proper protection, the sunlight streaming through your windows brings with it harmful UV rays, which can increase your risk for skin cancer. Since more than 4 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. annually, it would be beneficial to block UV rays as much as possible. UV-filtering films can block up to 99 percent of UV light from entering your home, making them an important safety feature.
Tax Credits Help You Save on Window Film
If you believe that having tinted windows would benefit your family, then you will be glad to know you can save on your tinting through tax credits. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act created tax savings for energy-efficient improvements to homes. Energy-efficient tinting is included as one of these improvements. You could receive several hundred dollars in tax benefits simply by investing in energy-saving tinting for your home’s windows. With the tax break, the energy savings you realize over time will allow you to recoup your initial investment that much faster.
Trust Rayno Window Film for Your Tinting Needs
Are you ready to enjoy the energy-efficient, tax and UV-filtering benefits of window films for your home? Rayno Window Film has some of the most innovative products in the industry, including smart film that can go from opaque to clear at the push of a button. Smart film is just one example of the many innovations Rayno Window Film brings to the home-window-tinting market. If you are looking to invest in smart film or one of our other window films for various applications, contact Rayno Window Film today to discuss your needs, or find a dealer to discuss installation.