Staying Warmer in Winter With Window Tinting
Almost everyone knows that tinted windows can keep your home or office cooler in summer without raising energy costs, but a less reported benefit of tinted windows is that they can also keep interior spaces warmer in winter – and again without raising your energy costs.
When tinting your home or business windows, you’re no longer limited in the type of film used. Most residential and commercial window tints offer some energy saving benefit, but the best tinting films for staying cool in summer and warm in winter are low-e films.
What Are Low-E Films?
Low-emissivity film (low-E film) is a specialised window film designed to reflect radiant heat away from – or back into – your home or business. Like other window films, it is very thin and includes an even thinner layer of metal coating, which is what helps reflect the heat.
When applied professionally, low-E film can provide similar benefits as that of double glazing, preventing heat from passing through the glass, but without blocking out all natural light. And with different types of low-E film available, it is possible to get additional benefits such as increased privacy or reduced glare, along with low-E film that is even more specialised and better suited to warmer or cooler climates. Always look at the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) to see if the film is rated for cooling or heating.
Advantages of Low-E Film
There are other advantages to choosing low-E tinting film for your home or office, over and above improving energy efficiency and reducing your heating and cooling costs.
- Easy to install – while it should always be installed by a team of professionals to ensure you get the full benefits offered by the film, the actual installation should take no longer than installing any other window tint.
- Affordable – if you’ve been considering installing double glazing as a way to improve energy efficiency, you will find that low-E films offer similar benefits to double glazing, but at a fraction of the cost.
- Allows natural light through – different low-E film types block different levels of natural or visible light, but without blocking all light, only most of the heat. Meaning your home or office can still be brightened by natural light in winter.
- Versatile – contemporary homes feature a lot of glass, not only with bigger windows, but also with glass doors. Low-E film can easily be installed on most types of glass, regardless of shape or size.
Whether you’re interested in using low-E film or some other type of window tinting film – for your home or your business – the window tinting team at any Instant Windscreen branch will be able to provide you with professional advice and come to you for an free onsite measure and quote.