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How Home Window Tinting Affects Your Energy Costs

For the first time since the oil crisis in 1973, people are hoarding fuel once again. Most analysts are counting on prices continuing to rise and no wonder. Even if things got better, two inescapable facts will all but guarantee that energy costs will keep rising no matter what the future holds.

First is the demographic reality: our population is growing and will keep doing so. A couple of years back, we were 6 billion. Today, we are 7 billion!

Secondly, fuel is a finite resource. The more fuel we use, the less we will have. This means that oil companies are forced to search further afield for new areas to exploit, increasing the costs of this finite resource.

Both realities help explain why it is imperative that we wise up and find ways to save on energy. This will, of course, result in lower energy bills over time with the added effect that we will be helping preserve planet earth for our children.

Whether in the car, home, or office, tinted windows are among the most cost-effective and efficient options at hand if you want to limit your energy bills. At the same time, avoid the risks attached to over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

In this battle for energy efficiency, tinted windows are one of our best allies. It may seem strange to use such a simple solution for what seems an insurmountable global issue, but it does work. The very simplicity of the concept makes it particularly effective.

A tinted window stops harmful UV rays from penetrating the home environment. A tinted window exponentially improves insulation within the home environment. Though it keeps the heat out in summer, it helps maintain warmth in winter. Limiting the amount of heat entering the house in summer will translate into lower energy bills, as you won’t have to use the AC as much.

Stopping harmful UV rays from entering the house means that your house will be safer; you and your family will be more protected from the adverse health effects of over-exposure to UVR. This UVR protection will also protect your furnishings from the sun as well, maintaining their aesthetic integrity.

Tinted windows are also a great way to improve natural lighting while at the same time improving the quality of life within the living areas. Such annoyances as glare stopping you from enjoying your favorite show on TV will become a distant memory. And since you won’t need to close the drapes to protect your family and home from fierce sunlight, you won’t have to spend more on lighting inside. Instead, you will be able to benefit from an abundance of natural light.

People tend to underestimate how wasteful our homes are. If you do nothing but tint your windows, you can expect to recuperate about 30 percent of your monthly energy bill.

The idea is to help your home become better insulated. The more insulated your home is, the more energy efficient it will be. You might say that rather than saving money, insulation means that you stop wasting it.

As your home retains more heat in the winter and blocks harmful rays, it will stay warmer and you won’t have to spend money to heat it. Conversely, in summer, the opposite will be happening; in this case, your home will remain cool, reducing your AC bill considerably.

Another instance where window tinting has become ubiquitous is in the car. Window tinting was originally developed for cars. Due to its proven effectiveness, the industry branched into the home and office buildings.

Still, tinted windows are particularly effective in cars. As you can imagine, a parked car can accumulate a great deal of heat inside and out, which tends to force people to light up the AC. This, however, can reduce fuel economy from 5 to 25 percent. The less need for AC, the more economical your car will become. Just as in the home and office, a well-insulated car can help reduce your fuel bill considerably.

It will also help protect your health by combating harmful UV rays, which are particularly harmful after long exposure. Americans who drive several hours a week, if not daily, are particularly at risk without UV protection. Many cancers in the US are skin cancers and one of the main culprits is UV radiation.

By investing in tinted windows, you will not only be improving your comfort and helping to reduce the risk of skin cancer, but you will also be relieving some of the burden on your wallet.

For information on having your home windows tinted contact Chad Westberry at 504-729-8358. He can give you a free demo of the window films that we offer and figure out which one will work best for you.

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