For those who value their privacy, the benefits of residential window tinting are probably known to them. Not only will certain types of window film darken the window, making it difficult for those looking in to see anything, but some will even offer complete blackout conditions. Of course, this does more than just obstruct the gaze of curious passersby who would like to see what’s going on inside, but it accomplishes the main goal of window tinting: cooling and energy efficiency.
As home and office window tinting becomes more widespread, the economical benefits are no longer a secret either. By blocking out the sun, the house doesn’t just remain cool (which has a direct effect on how often the A/C gets run), but harmful UV rays get repelled as well. Our window film, for instance, is rated to reduce 99% of UV-A and UV-B rays.
Electing to get window tinting done by a professional crew has demonstrable benefits that can be reaped immediately, but there are a number of unconventional ways in which tinting your office or home’s windows will happily surprise you.
A Gift To Your Utility Company Is A Gift to You
While you might be happy to see a decrease in how much money and energy you’re spending each day, running your HVAC to contend with the sun coming through your windows, you won’t be the only one. In fact, you may find those financial gains to be the tip of the metaphorical sunbeam. Many state and local governments have started offering tax incentives to those who make the transition to living a greener lifestyle. Qualifying changes are dependent on where you live, but might include:
- Moving to renewable energy sources: This includes installing solar and wind-energy systems.
- Driving certain vehicles: While the tax breaks given for early adopters of hybrid cars have largely dried up, you may still qualify by driving an electric vehicle.
- Donating electronics: Just like getting a tax break for charitable donations of money, you can also get one for donating certain models of phone, computer, or home appliance.
These aren’t the only green living transitions that qualify for tax breaks. This is the hidden benefit of residential window tinting. The federal government has offered rebates for households that install energy-saving film on their windows, in some cases up to 10% of the cost of the installation or a maximum of $200. It’s important to keep apprised of what the government says about these tax breaks, as many of them have a time limit to qualify, and may or may not allow retroactive qualification. Commercial or office window tinting is also subject to other circumstances and will require a watchful eye to make sure you call our team at Simply Cool over within the appropriate timeframe.
For critics of certain horror movies, there is a huge sense of relief that one can feel in knowing that someone outside of the home can’t see what’s happening inside, even if the blinds are up. For relatively low cost and short installation time, residential window tinting provides more than protection from UV rays or prying eyes﹘it gives peace of mind. However, to say that that is the only type of security that our window films offer is the think somewhat narrow-mindedly.
Tinting has the added benefit of hardening the glass. By distributing the force of an impact upon the window, the glass becomes harder to shatter. If a break does occur, you’ll likely see lines spidering out from a deep impact point, but the film will likely hold everything in place, and you won’t have to worry about picking glass up out of the carpet. This is also the case for car window tinting as well.