Window Tinting Can Save You Money Year-Round
Window tinting isn’t all about aesthetics. Granted, a well chosen tint can be a welcome visual upgrade to just about any home. In the summer it helps to keep solar heat and UV radiation out of your home, and in the winter it helps your home warm by retaining radiant heat during cold weather.
The value, comfort, and savings that home window tinting can provide are fairly well known for the warmer summer months, but window tinting can shine just as bright when the sun sinks a bit more quickly, and the frost starts to build up on the windows.
Tinted Windows Retain Heat and Save Money
According to the United States Department of Energy heating and cooling account for nearly 50 percent of all home energy use throughout the United States. This is easily the largest expense the majority of homes face. That makes it the best target to focus in on and cut back.
While smaller efforts like caulking and weather stripping your home can definitely help cut that cost down, tinted window film provides a bit more style in addition to the insulation given, and the money saved for it.
To get the most year round benefit from your window tinting you want to install them on the eastward and westward facing windows. This means that in the summer when you want to keep cool, it will do much more in reflecting the brunt of the sun’s direct light in both the morning and the evening. In the winter, when you want to keep warm, it helps regulate temperature with the additional R-Value (insulation value) it provides.
Insulation Values – The Details
You can’t understand why this happens without understanding the different parts involved.
The R-Value is the measure of thermal resistance any given construction material such as dry wall, wood, brick, and insulation. A window film/tint falls into the insulation category.
The U-Value is the rate of heat transfer found in a given window. The lower the U-value, the better insulated the material is. U-Values typically refer to either doors or window units. Most windows have a standard U-value between .32 to .80.
To compare these numbers to the R-value of any other insulating materials, ew convert the U-value to an R-value using the equation R-value = 1/U-Value.
For example, let’s say we have a window with a U-Value of .37 and we want to know what the R-value is.
R-Value = 1/.37
R-Value = 2.70
This is a very low number for an R-value, which means it’s not going to be very good at insulating a room. If you add on a window tint with a U-Value of .45 in addition to the already existing R-Value of 2.7, you’ll be in much better shape.
The U-Value of .45 translates to an R-Value of 2.2. Add this onto .45 and you have increased the insulating effectiveness of the window by nearly 500 percent.
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