Many of us love the feel of sunlight on our faces. When summer arrives, we’re happier and more energetic. But these are the benefits of natural, visible light – just one of the components of sunlight. We’re often better off without the other two: ultraviolet (UV) and infrared rays.
Untreated windows let through all three components of sunlight, the good and the bad. But thanks to window tints, we longer have to let in light that causes damage or makes us uncomfortable. Modern window tints are designed to let in the natural light we love, and block out the UV and IR rays we don’t. Here’s why that matters:
You already know that UV light can harm you; it’s what we shield against when we wear hats and sunscreen in the summertime. You may not know that UV light is also what fades the furnishings in our homes. If you can see discoloration where sunlight hits your rugs, fabrics, or artwork, you would benefit from the application of a window tint that blocks UV rays.
You also know that sunlight brings warmth; you may not know that heat is a by-product of the infrared rays that are part of sunlight. If your home becomes too hot in the summertime, you might benefit from the application of a window tint that blocks a fraction of IR rays.
Unlike older tints, modern tints are effective at blocking UV and IR rays without compromising natural light or the appearance of the window. Window tinting affords a bright, clear view of your surroundings. And tinted windows can offer an inviting natural look – not the dark or highly reflective appearance offered by traditional window tints.
Of course, too much natural light can become a problem as well. If you want to reduce brightness or glare in your home (or through select windows), window tinting can accomplish this as well.
Your local window tinting professional will carry a variety of tints designed for just about any circumstance. For starters, you’ll find tints that are designed to perform best in specific climates. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, for example, you’ll want tints that are suited to a cool, northern climate; tints will be more inclined to allow in heat and trap it inside. In hot climates, the tints will be more inclined to reflect away heat, and less inclined to trap it in.
This management of the sun’s rays helps to regulate the temperature in your home, and that relieves the burden on your heating and air system. You’ll be more comfortable, and your monthly power bill will be more manageable. With the relatively modest investment of tinting your windows, you protect your furniture and be more comfortable. And you won’t need to sacrifice the view through your windows to do it.