Residential Window Tinting As energy prices rise, more and more homeowners are looking for ways to save on their utility bills. While many opt to add insulation to their homes, replace old appliances with new eco-friendly appliances, and even switch to energy saving light bulbs, one area that most don’t always consider is the amount of energy that is lost through the windows in their homes. As much as 30% of the typical home’s heating and cooling are lost through ineffective window treatments or the windows themselves. While a portion of this may be lost due to the leakage of air through a window, a good portion of this loss is by heat flowing through the frame and glass. Although the most effective way to reduce this energy loss is by replacing old windows with new energy efficient windows, not everyone can afford to replace all of the windows in their home. One alternative that is gaining popularity is residential window tinting. Window Tint as Insulation In colder months, window tinting can help prevent heat from escaping through your windows. Window tint acts as an additional layer of insulation preventing heat loss through the glass pane while still allowing enough visible light in from outside to keep the inside of your home bright. During warmer months, heat from the sun can enter through your home’s windows, causing your air conditioner to work harder to keep your house cool. Window tint can block as much as 99% of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays . The combination of window tint’s added insulation effect, in conjunction with its ability to block some of the visible light and UV rays, helps keep outside heat from entering through the window glass and keeps the cool air inside from escaping. Due to window tint’s insulation properties, it helps to equalize the temperature in your home, resulting in your heating and cooling systems not having to work as hard to maintain your preferred temperature. This not only reduces your energy costs, it also helps to make your home more comfortable by eliminating large temperature fluctuations. Additional Window Tint Benefits By blocking harmful UV rays, window tint can help prevent damage to the materials within your home. UV rays can cause materials to fade, age prematurely and disintegrate over time and can also damage sensitive electronics. Also, some window tints can even add a level of security to your home by acting as a one way mirror. Individuals inside the home are able to see outside, but those outside are unable to see into the home . In addition, because window tint is a film that is applied directly to the glass in your windows it can help prevent windows from shattering and causing harm to those inside the home. For those looking to reduce their home energy costs, prevent UV damage to the items inside their homes and who can’t afford new windows, window tint for your home windows is an inexpensive alternative. About the Author: Marc Beck is the owner / operator of Technical Tinting & Clear Bra, a window tinting company serving the Denver area that specializes in residential, commercial and automotive window tinting. Technical Tinting & Clear Bra, Ltd. believes customer service is of the utmost importance and strives to ensure their work is not only correct but also outstanding. For more information on Technical Tinting & Clear Bra, Ltd., please call 303-906-8869 or visit http://www.technicaltinting.com.