In recent years, many home and business owners have become increasingly conscious about measures to reduce energy consumption. Some popular ways to cut down on energy consumption levels are changing lighting to LED, boosting the insulation in your home/office, , fitting double glazed windows or by installing solar energy panels. However, one often overlooked, but very efficient way of reducing energy costs is window tinting.
In this blog post, we are going to explore not only the energy-saving advantages of solar window film and window tinting, but we also give you the lowdown on all other benefits of window tinting you might not have known about.
Here are the 6 main benefits of window tinting:
#1 – Energy Savings
Electricity prices for businesses and households have increased sharply in recent years. According to the ABS, household energy costs increased by 9% from 2017 to 2018. Due to this rise in energy prices, it’s logical that many home and business owners are looking at new ways to save on energy costs.
Did you know that reducing the temperature by only a few degrees can lead to savings of up to 50% on your air conditioning cost?
Everybody knows that it takes a significant amount of energy to cool down a hot room, even more so for an entire house or office. An average Australian household spends $250 – $500 a year on their ducted air conditioning electricity running cost. Solar window film reduces the need for air conditioning during summer, therefore lowering your energy consumption costs and passing the savings on to you.
#2 – Heat Reduction in Summer
Tinting your windows with solar window film can reduce heat levels inside your home or office by up to 78%. Due to the greenhouse effect, the sun rays shining through your windows heat your home or office and trap the hot air inside. 3M’s Solar Window Film solutions are some of the best in the world as they efficiently block radiant heat flow and control light waves when they pass through or reflect away from the window film. Window film can be especially beneficial for homes with older or low-quality windows that are not efficient in blocking UV rays.
#3 – Heat Preservation During Winter
While you can control heat better with window film during the hot summer months, the same principle applies during the cooler winter months. There are now high-quality window films which have strong insulating properties that will help prevent heat from escaping your house or office in winter, as well as reduce your solar heat gain in summer for all year round savings and comfort. 3M’s window film is a low-cost insulation solution that can reduce heat loss by up to 38%. By reducing the need for heaters or fireplaces the savings once again get passed on to you.
#4 – Prevent Furniture, Walls & Floors from Fading
Have you ever looked at your furniture, walls or floors and wondered why the colour has faded so much? The answer to that is UV rays – the principal cause of fading. Besides fading from UV rays, the heat coming through your windows can also cause damage to the fabric on your sofas. 3M window film can block up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays and therefore help prevent the inside of your house and furnishings from fading.
#5 – Maintains Privacy in Your House
While window film maintains perfect visibility from the inside to the outside, it can prevent people from seeing through your windows from the outside during the day. Visibility largely depends on the tint shade you choose. You can opt for a clear, light, medium or dark tint, however darker tints are needed if privacy is your key priority. Unfortunately, due to the reliance on a light imbalance to provide privacy, there is not a film that will give you privacy both day and night AND still allow you clear vision out. If your privacy need is for day and night, we are able to do this with a range of decorative or frosted films, that can be customised to your requirements.
#6 – Window Film Adds Security
Windows are never 100% safe from breaking. An affordable solution to the risks presented by broken windows is security window film. If a window is broken, the security window film will reduce the risk of potential safety hazards such as flying glass by keeping the broken shards held firmly together. It also reduces the likeliness of burglars obtaining illegal entry into your property as they would need to sustain a prolonged attack against the film in order to break through.
3M Security films also come in tinted variants, so you that you can experience the best of both worlds – all the heat reduction/ privacy benefits of a solar film, with the high level protection offered by security film.
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One additional bonus and benefit of window tinting we haven’t mentioned yet is, of course, the preservation of the environment. Reducing your energy consumption diminishes greenhouse gas emissions. If every person in the world contributes by consuming fewer resources, humanity stands a chance of a more sustainable future for generations to come.
By now you have several very good reasons to opt for installing window film on your property. Why not get in touch with our licenced 3M window film experts to discuss your needs. We offer an obligation-free consultation and our staff are happy to show you all the different kinds of window film available.