The HEAT is coming! The Heat is coming! This is the time of the year the phone starts ringing off the hook. Home owners can feel the heat bombarding their windows and are looking for solutions on how to combat it. While you may have energy efficient treatments in the window all bets are off once you raise or open it. The two best solutions are window tint or solar screens.
Window Tint – Most of the residential tint will block about 50% of the heat and 99% of the UV. You will notice a difference in the heat and it will block almost all the damaging UV rays that come through the window and fade your flooring, furniture and window treatments. Window tint will also help reduce glare. Some people I talk to fear that they are putting limo tint on their windows like they were cars but I liken it more to high quality sun glasses that make the view clearer while protecting you. The film is applied to the inside portion of your window. Once it is applied it is essentially there for the life of the window. The installation of window tint is in my opinion an art form.
Solar Screens – Solar screens will block 80-90% of the heat and the same amount of UV respectively. When you are in Arizona, solar screens can make the difference in a room being comfortable even though you may be running the air conditioning. They are installed on the outside of the window. With minimum effort you can remove them in the Fall to allow sun back in. There are seven frame color options and five screen color options. The screens are also available for sliding doors with fixed panels.
Deciding on which method to apply is fairly easy. If you have a great view then you put window tint. Window tint will enhance that view but solar screens will deduct a good view. If you are getting blasted by the sun, then solar screens are the way to go. I do have some customers that go with solar screens even when they have a view because they are getting bombarded by the sun. If you don’t mind a little bit of investment you could do both and cover all you bases.
While the main focus is making the habitat more comfortable, window tint and solar screens will help you save on your utility bills and there may be tax benefits. Please contact your tax professional for more information.