Insulate your Home Naturally with Eco-Friendly Window Tints

With more and more emphasis being placed on living in an environmentally clean fashion, residents are reassessing their homes to see how they can cut their footprint and switch off in complete comfort, not to mention saving money in the process. Rainwater tanks, solar panels, water efficient shower heads and electric heaters seem to be all the rage, but some people over look perhaps the cheapest yet most effective solution of all. Effective window tint solutions in Melbourne can help to dramatically reduce your reliance upon heating and cooling while still enjoying a comfortable temperature. 

It is essential that you have a thorough understanding of how sun’s light impacts your home throughout the year if you want to make the most of your tinting. It is the Australian summer that most people worry about. In winter, you can put on another layer of clothing, but in summer the heat can be so constant and sweltering that there is little escape without adequate cooling. The estimates vary between film brands and locations, but it is widely accepted that between 60 and 80% of sunlight can be reflected when windows are fitted with tints. This means that your home can be kept dramatically cooler in summer. As for warmer in winter, most people note that there is some slight difference, but not really enough to be a huge benefit. What they do do in winter is to cut down on your heating, as just turning on the air conditioner for an hour or so is enough to keep the home warm for hours. 

Most companies advise to not tint the north facing window; otherwise you will miss out on that beautiful winter sun that sits close to the horizon throughout the day. Even in summer, the sun is much higher in the sky, and for most of the day will beat down on the roof and not direct in the windows. 25% of the heat lost in the home in winter occurs through the windows. By tinting east, west and south windows, you will allow the majority of light to be reflected in summer while still enjoying it in winter. Besides, glass is well known as good at allowing energy to escape, which means that the untinted north window will actually allow some heat to exit the home in summer. If you still find that the heat is too much in summer from that north side, then you should opt for a less dramatic tint, one that will let in half of the sun rather than block it all out. It really is a shame to waste the warmth in winter.

Many modern glasses used in window installation already incorporate this thermal control feature. However, older homes, or modern homes which did not consider this are not to worry. Window film is one of the most cost effective solutions comparatively to reducing air conditioning usage. If you have a particular textured glass that you don’t want to lose some tints can even mimic these variations.

Keep in mind that if you have a specific focus on the energy saving features of film, then you should choose carefully. While any film will cut sunlight to a degree, some are more intended for aesthetic purposes, while there are others purely designed to reduce safety hazards of shattering glass. Low-e spectrally-selective variations are what you are looking for. They will be slightly more expensive, but are doubly as effective and so the cost is more than paid for. If you would like some honest Window Tint Advice in Melbourne  about the best brands and installation practices, contact the trusted team at Protinting.

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