Windows welcome in beautiful natural light and allow for stunning views, but those luxuries come at a cost — and the currency is degrees Fahrenheit. Especially during the warmer months, your home should be a place to escape the heat. Imagine how frustrating it is to come inside from a long walk with the dog or from mowing the grass, and still feel the sun’s heat pelting you through your windows! Heat mitigation remains one of the top reasons why people seek the help of window film. While window film serves you in all areas of your home, it is especially beneficial in sunrooms and south-facing windows. If you’re experiencing uncomfortable interior temperatures, window tinting may provide you with the perfect solution.
How Window Film Helps with Heat Mitigation
3M describes their film as “spectrally selective.” This means that it allows some rays of the electromagnetic spectrum through the glass while blocking others. It filters rays based on their wavelength. Visible light, also known as natural light in the interior design world, has a longer wavelength than UV rays, but a shorter wavelength than infrared rays. Depending on which film you select, it transmits between 20% to 70% of the natural light attempting to enter your space. On the other hand, it reflects 99.9% of UV rays and 97% of infrared rays. This can reduce the amount of heat entering your home by up to 60%.
Other Benefits of Window Film
Window film also provides a variety of other sun-related benefits beyond heat mitigation. As we mentioned before, the film allows some sun rays in while keeping others out. By minimizing the amount of UV radiation entering your space, you extend the life of your:
- Family heirlooms
Reducing the UV transmission through your windows also protects your skin. Many people don’t realize that their skin is still vulnerable to sun damage behind an unprotected glass window.
Window film also reduces glare. It redirects light upward toward the ceiling, deeper into your space and away from TV, computer, and mobile device screens. You may be concerned that installing window film will diminish your views because of the tint of the film, but window film actually often improves the view through your windows due to its glare-reducing qualities.
As the days continue heating up, cost-effective methods for heat mitigation are sure to cross your mind. Treat yourself to comfort this summer and for the many summers to come.
Locally owned and operated in Richmond, Virginia for over 35 years, Solar Film provides custom window tinting services to homes and businesses in central Virginia, Williamsburg, and the Northern Neck. We use premium quality 3M™ materials for temperature control, glare reduction, UV protection, privacy, and security window film solutions. As a 3M™ Authorized Dealer and member of the Prestige Dealer Network, we offer many varieties of window film. Get in touch with us today for a free quote!