Summer is here, and temperatures are rising! Everyone is looking for ways to manage the heat and stay cool.
Do you find yourself cranking down the air conditioning and longing to escape the sun for a summer afternoon movie marathon? This can be a challenge both to your wallet with the cost of electricity and your television screen with the glare from that midday summer sun.
The application of professional window film on your home will combat these issues along with many others!
How Does Window Film Work?
Window film rejects heat and cuts glare by reflecting or absorbing energy. The sun’s rays contain three types of energy — visible, and ultraviolet and infrared light that we can’t see and can only feel. Infrared (IR) rays are responsible for most of the heat we feel, while ultraviolet (UV) rays cause skin conditions like sunburn and, over time, damage the skin’s DNA, increasing the risk for skin cancer.
Depending on the opacity and reflectivity, window film lets most visible light through the glass while absorbing or reflecting most of the sun’s heat energy, blocking it from getting indoors. Reflective window films bounce IR rays back into the atmosphere. And non-reflective films contain dyes that block and absorb IR rays. Both types of films offer heat control, which contributes to cooler indoor temperatures and significantly reduces cooling costs. The result saves on your energy bills and minimizes your impact on the environment.
Whether optically clear, tinted or reflective, all films offer broad-spectrum UV protection, blocking 95%-99% of UV rays. Besides protecting your skin from the intense summer sun, this also slows fading for furnishings and carpets.
Window Film Options
You have many options for keeping yourself cool with window tinting products. Discover the possible window film applications below to make your car, home and business more comfortable.
Automotive Window Tint
Aftermarket tinted film for your car offers more than privacy and aesthetics. While factory-tinted glass does little to control the summer heat, window tinting films feature several components that can reflect and reject IR energy. Metalized window tinting, like GP Max by Madico®, Inc., features metal additives that reflect infrared energy to keep your car cool.
Some car owners prefer a non-reflective look. The latest in automotive tinting technology is nano-ceramic window film. This material is sophisticated enough to allow visible light to pass through while rejecting heat from infrared rays. Products like Black Pearl® Nano-Ceramic by Madico can block up to 81% of IR light with this innovative technology.
Residential Solar Control Film
Unfettered by automotive tinting laws, homeowners have more freedom to keep their homes cool and enhance the look of their windows. They can select a deep shade of tint to absorb heat and provide privacy. Or they can try an optically clear film like Optivision® by Madico, which provides stellar nighttime and daytime views while still blocking up to 80% of the heat from sunlight.
Residential window film also improves your window’s insulation properties. It’s a cost-effective way to make your home more energy-efficient without any major construction. By improving insulation, your air conditioning becomes more efficient, which keeps your home cooler and saves on electricity. Improving insulation also benefits you in the winter, reflecting your heating inward, keeping it indoors.
Commercial Solar Control Film
Architectural solar control film works similarly to residential film. And it offers the high-performance architects and business owners expect from commercial-grade products. Many have a mirrored appearance that can both reflect heat and preserve privacy for workers and customers. Business owners can also get the same benefits from tinted commercial window films in attractive colors like bronze, silver and gray.
Most commercial products for solar control from Madico block 80% of the sun’s heat and 99% of UV rays. They improve insulation for cooler indoor temperatures in the summer and warmer temperatures in the winter. While most solar control films install on the window’s interior surface, commercial films also come in exterior applications, like Solar Grey Exterior by Madico. These products work well when an interior installation is impossible or too risky because of lamination or triple-pane glass, which is common for commercial windows.
Which Window Film Is Right for Me?
Whether you’re looking to beat the heat in your car, home or office, you’ll quickly notice the vast array of solar control films you have to choose from. The right choice for you can depend on your unique needs.
While all solar control films will control heat to some extent, certain options may provide better IR rejection and lower heat emissivity. You may prefer a reflective look or want a non-tinted film that will not cloud your beautiful views. If you’re looking for improved privacy in addition to heat control, you might choose a tinted option or even a decorative white-out film. When selecting a tinted film for your car, you may also need to consider your state’s automotive tinting laws.
Find the Right Window Tint for You From Madico
When you choose Madico, you know you’ll get a quality window film that will last for years. All our products are backed by our manufacturer’s warranty in North America. Madico dealers are also highly trained in window film application, so your installation will appear smooth and won’t peel or bubble.
Contact your local professional window film dealer for assistance in selecting the best heat control film for your home, office or vehicle.