With the high summer temperatures in central North Carolina, residents may be looking for ideas to help keep their home or office feeling cool and comfortable. While a preseason tune-up and planned HVAC maintenance can keep your air conditioning running like a well-oiled machine, there are other ways to lighten the load on your cooling system that you may not have considered.
We all know that putting tinted window film on your car makes you look like a super cool secret agent, but did you know there are benefits to using it on your home or office?
What is Solar Control Film?
Residential window tint, or solar control film, is a very thin polyester based membrane that is applied to the inside surface of your windows. You can buy the film and the tools to apply it at your local big box home improvement store, but it’s easy to mess it up if you don’t know what you are doing. Much like HVAC service, if you want your installation done right, it would be in your best interest to seek the help of a local professional.
There are many different types of window film available. Each is designed for a different function. You can get opaque or heavily tinted film for privacy, all types of designer films for style, and the list goes on. Since we are here to talk about your HVAC system, we’ll focus on your basic solar control film. This can range from being barely visible to the naked eye, to more heavily tinted.
Installing solar window film comes with a number of benefits.
Lower Your Electricity Bill
We all know installing a programmable thermostat is a great way to conserve energy and put less strain on your residential or commercial HVAC system by working to control temperatures only at times when occupants are around to feel the effects. Solar window film, on the other hand, helps prevent unwanted heat transfer from happening in the first place.
Prevent Unwanted Heat Gain in the Summer
High-quality window film can block up to 99% of UV radiation and 70% of incoming heat. Not only does this help prevent heat gain from the greenhouse effect, but it can also reduce glare, protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV exposure, and protect your furniture and other valuables from fading.
Prevent Heat Loss in the Winter
Solar window film doesn’t just work in the summer. It can also help to prevent heat loss in the winter. 3M’s Thinsulate, for example, adds increased insulation properties to your windows, much like upgrading from single to double paned glass. This product is also backed by a lifetime warranty.
Increase Your Home’s Value
For the cherry on top, solar window film can increase the value of your home, or at least provide a unique feature to present to your prospective buyers. Pro tip: It’s the little things that matter. Along with your tinted windows, install a few USB charger outlets in your wall(s) and your buyers will think, “Wow, this home is from the future! Is there a flying car in the garage too?”
You also may be eligible for a tax credit of 10% (up to $500) of the cost of installing your window film. This was as of 2015, but the laws may change. Maybe that isn’t a game changer, but it’s something!
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Stay Comfortable All Year Long
If you live in the Durham, Chapel Hill, or Hillsborough area, you know that we can experience some extreme temperatures. The licensed HVAC professionals at All Weather Heating & Cooling are here to keep your heat pump or AC running without a hitch 24 hours a day. Give us a call today at 919-967-9775 or fill out the form below, and someone from our team will be happy to assist you right away.