Can Window Tinting Affect Your Indoor Plants?

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Window tinting can save you significant money on your heating and cooling bills, protect your furnishings from fading, and protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. If you have a green thumb, however, you might be concerned about whether or not residential window tinting will kill your house plants. In almost all cases, it won’t. In some cases, it can even help them be healthier. Here’s what you need to know.

Invisible UV Film and House Plants

Invisible (or clear) UV film is one of the most popular forms of window tinting. This type of tinting film blocks ultraviolet rays (the damaging rays) from the sun while allowing your windows and doors to retain their normal appearance. This type of tinting should not affect your house plants. Most plants do not respond to UV. They require the red and blue rays of the visible light spectrum; blue encourages the growth of leaves, while red encourages flowering. Since invisible UV tinting doesn’t block these rays, your plants should grow normally. Colored films may block some or all blue or red light, so use caution when using these films around your indoor garden.

Plants and Room Darkening Tint

Dark tints are another popular window tinting option. These tints actually darken the room, blocking some of the sun’s visible light from getting through. Because this type of tint will block some of the red and blue light plants require, you’ll need to take special care if you want this type of tinting. Generally speaking, dark tint is not the best choice for rooms in which you’re growing plants that like direct sun. Fortunately, these plants tend not to do well indoors unless you have a grow light, so it’s likely that light from windows won’t be a major concern. Dark tint is, however, a good choice if you have delicate flowers or other plants that need full shade. With dark tint, you may be able to place them right by windows with no ill effect.

Frosting Tints Retardation of Growth

Most forms of frost tinting (other than very dark tints) have little to no effect on plants, as long as they are already getting enough light. Your house plants may, however, need a slight adjustment period. You may notice a minor reduction in their speed of growth for a few weeks until they adjust to their new light levels. If you have any major concerns, speak to a horticultural expert. You may be able to mitigate any problems by moving the plants slightly, adding some inexpensive grow lights, or just waiting for them to adjust. Don’t let using grow lights stop you; they simulate sunlight and can help you avoid the winter blues during the colder months, cost very little to run, and you will most likely be able to offset their cost with what you’re saving on your heating and cooling bills.

Benefits to Plants 

Window tinting, under certain circumstances, can actually benefit your plants. Because tinting help keeps out heat, it can help protect delicate plants from excessively high temperatures, especially during the summer months or if you live in an especially sunny climate. Many delicate flowers may especially appreciate a break from being near a hot, steamy window. Whatever house plants you have, you can make them work with window tinting and enjoy the health and psychological benefits of being surrounded by green, growing things while also enjoying the energy savings that come from tinted windows. Feel free to contact us for any further information; we look forward to helping you create the home of your dreams.

Window Tinting During the Winter

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What is Residential Window Tinting?

Your windows are essential for making your home seem open and spacious rather than cramped and closed-in. However, with the home as with other things, too much light can be as bad as too little. If you find that your windows are letting in an excess of light, then it is time to consider using window film for residential window tinting.

Not only is residential window tinting useful for reducing the amount of lighting coming in through your windows without spoiling your view of the outside, but you will also be pleasantly surprised by its impact on your heating bills during the cooler months of the year.

How Residential Window Tinting Can Reduce Heating Bills in the Cooler Months

Since the windows are so much less substantial than the walls of most homes, it should come as no surprise to learn that windows tend to have rather poor insulation. In the cooler months, this can be a serious problem since heat is escaping through the windows on a constant basis, resulting in mounting heating bills.

Residential window tinting can keep heat inside your home during winter for much the same reason that it can keep heat outside your home during summer. Simply put, the window film makes it easier for the window to reflect light and the heat that it carries. In summer, this ensures that less of the light of the sun can penetrate your windows to heat up the cool air of your home. In winter, this same characteristic ensures that less light can escape through your windows once it is reflected off of the interior of your home.

As a result, having residential window tinting serves to keep heat both out during summer and in during winter. This is important because its superior insulation reduces both your cooling costs during summer and your heating costs during winter. Although the savings in each month is small, they can add up to impressive figures over the course of years.

Other Benefits of Residential Window Tinting

Of course, reducing heating and cooling costs is not the only reason that you should consider installing window film. For example, one reason to have residential window tinting is to keep ultraviolet light out of your home. This is important not only because too much ultraviolet light can cause furnishings to fade faster, but also because it is considered a carcinogen.

Other potential benefits of having residential window tinting include, but are not limited to shatter-resistant windows, a reduction in glare, and even a superior view of the outside. After all, it is rather difficult to look outside when the light of the sun is making it impossible for you to keep your eyes open.

The Life Expectancy of Window Tint

the-life-expectancy-of-window-tintingWindow tint will inevitably break down over time in the same way your vehicle will do. Just as your vehicle will get a certain amount of mileage during its lifetime, so will your window tinting. Some determining factors that could play a role in how long your tint lasts might be:

• The amount of sunlight that your windows receive
• The quality and brand of window tint that you use
• The installation of your tinting (including the skill level of the person who installed it)

Under extreme and constant sunlight, as in the southern and southwestern states, a poorly dyed and installed tint can begin to show signs of deteriorating in as little as three months. More common and standard window films should be able to withstand conditions for about 5 years, while high end metallized or deposition window tint can have a life expectance of over 10 years if maintained properly.

When tinting is applied poorly, or if a lesser quality brand is used, your window tint can bubble up, causing ripples to appear on your windows. This can also be caused by scorching temperatures and coming in contact with direct sunlight over a prolonged period of time. Your window tint may even become discolored during this process, meaning that a lower quality dye was replaced with a more “cost-friendly” alternative for the installer.

In order to prevent your tint breaking down or wearing out within a short period of time, you will want to be prepared before you actually have your tint installed. Asking installers certain questions will give you a good idea if they are the best person for the job. You may want to ask:

• What brand of film that they use
• What type of dye is used in their film
• What kind of experience their installers have with window tinting
• If they can provide positive references
• If they have pictures of some of their most recent installations

Any professional installer should be able to answer these questions with confidence, giving you reassurance that they are the best ones for the job. Make sure they are only using brands that come with lifetime performance warranties, or if your budget doesn’t allow for the top tier brand, set yourself up to get one that will last at least 5 years if properly installed.

Professionally Installed Tint vs. Do-It-Yourself Installation

Choosing the right option for you can save you a lot of unwanted headaches and hassle when trying to repair or replace your window tint in case something goes wrong. If you go through a dealer, you are covering yourself if you install the tint poorly yourself. Choosing the right dealer makes all the difference in the world.

Make sure that the dealer who installed your window tint offers a warranty as well. This may be either a five year or lifetime warranty that will just serve as an added protection to you and your windows. The warranty should cover the overall performance of the tint and the coloring as well. Having a dealer install your tint may cost a little more, but you will be protected in the event that the tint begins to peel or discolor in a very short period of time.

Taking the do-it-yourself route is fine as long as you know what you are doing. This option, however, does not come with any warranties, and you could end up suffering for that if your tint isn’t installed properly. It is the much cheaper route, but can also be filled with more inconveniences.

Residential Window Tinting: Energy-Efficiency on a Budget!

You probably already know that window tinting is a custom option for many new cars. Did you also know that the windows of your home can be tinted for energy savings and glare reduction?

Residential Window Tinting

Thousands of homeowners around the country are moving towards what’s called residential window tinting. Putting a film on your windows can give you more privacy while lowering the amount of cash you spend every month on electricity and cooling.

By letting in less sunlight, you can also sidestep having to replace old furniture as too much light can cause furniture to age prematurely and lose its color. For a fraction of what it would cost to replace your old windows with new ones, you can have a special film installed on your pre-existing windows to enjoy the same convenience and energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency 

Have you ever heard the expression “throwing money out the window”? In some ways that’s literally true. Approximately half of heating and cooling expenses slip out through outdated windows that are no longer energy efficient. Heat and cooling efforts leaking out the window constitute literally the number one liability energy-wise for most homeowners.

A window film or residential window tint can help you restore your old windows to meet new energy-efficiency standards. By reducing the solar heat seeping in through your windows you reap benefits – that’s money in the bank that you’re not spending on AC and electricity every month. The year-on-year savings can be thousands of dollars.

Reducing Hot Spots and UV Light

According to 3M, residential window film allows homeowners to reduce hot spots and even glare while reaping the benefits of lowered cooling costs in the summer and lower exposure to UV radiation year-round. Window film can also help protect your home from break-in attempts and damage caused by extreme weather.

A quality ceramic tint added to your window can reduce the sun’s infrared glare by eighty percent while reducing the amount of UV radiation that makes it into your living room by a whopping ninety-nine percent. This will keep your furniture and other furnishings looking fresh for years to come.

Technical Aspects of Window Tinting

The darkness of window tint is predicated on the percentage of visual light transmission. This percentage is calculated by looking at the amount of light that is allowed to pass through the window’s tint versus the amount of light that stays on the window’s surface.

A thirty percent window tint, for instance, allows thirty percent of the light reaching the window to pass through whereas the other seventy percent of the light is blocked by the residential window film. This means that the lower the visual light transmission percentage, the larger the amount of light that the tint is blocking from entering your living room.

This also means that a tinted window with a low visual light transmission percentage will typically appear darker and have more tint. So, at ten percent on the visual light transmission scale, ninety percent of the light reaching the window is blocked by the window tint.

Most older windows have a visual light transmission percentage of around thirty to forty percent. This percentage is seen as a good balance between glare reduction and the amount of heat let into the room, on one hand, and windows that still look presentable and allow in ambient light.

There are even some companies that offer DIY options for window tinting. The aim is to give homeowners the chance to affordable reduce glare and reap the benefits of energy efficiency without breaking the bank.