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How to Choose a Home Window Tint Solution

Posted by Steve DeBusk on Oct 14, 2014

Home window tint is an easy investment that provides long-term results. Whether to help lower monthly energy costs, provide another layer of security, obtain UV protection for your family and furnishings or reduce glare, window film products could potentially be beneficial in any residence. Before getting started on your window film renovation project, consider these recommendations to assure you find exactly what you need.

Evaluate Goals

Since each window film product has a unique benefit, you’ll need to first evaluate personal objectives and needs in order to determine what product is right for you. Once you’ve identified goals, a certified dealer can help guide you through the decision process.

For consumers living in areas prone to weather-related damage, security window film might be the best option. However, window film with UV blocking technology would be a good choice for those wanting to help protect interiors from fading caused by the sun’s damaging rays.

Compare Performance Characteristics

Depending on your original goals, you’ll need to examine different performance quality. Consumers wanting to apply energy efficient window film will want to explore a spec sheet provided by the manufacturer. The higher the Visible Light Transmission (VLT), the better the efficiency. Additionally, low U-values typically yield more energy savings in colder months.

Before beginning the installation process, it is important to find a trained dealer to help you compare product performance. The more experienced the dealer, the better they can recommend suitable window film products for your home.

Determine Aesthetics

Although functionality is one of the more important factors when choosing an energy efficient window film product, aesthetics should also be considered. Plan ahead if there is a specific characteristic that would best complement your home such as reflective, virtually invisible, bronze or another shade.

Request In-Home Estimate

The last step before making the final decision on window film products is to compare in-home estimates. Once you’ve chosen one or two brands of film, have a trained dealer further assess the home and give you a quote for film and installation. Once you receive this quote, you can use it to determine energy savings. Additionally, online tools can help you determine estimated energy savings.

Once you have defined your goals, found home window tint with premium performance quality and hired an experienced dealer, you are ready to complete the installation and enjoy the benefits.

Choosing home window tint is a simple decision that can yield energy savings. Learn how much you could save by installing energy efficient window film.

 

Steve DeBusk is global energy solutions manager for the window film division of Eastman Chemical Company. Steve has 30 years of experience in energy efficiency. He is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional, and a Certified Sustainable Development Professional. Follow Steve on Twitter @greenbldgs.

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