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Everything You Need to Know About Window Films & How They Work

There is a wide variety of options to go with when you’re looking to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. You can opt to add more curtains to your windows or use double-paned glass to reduce the heat exchange that occurs in your home. While these options have their own merits, they come with their own downsides that may take some benefits away. For example, blinds and drapes can make your home too dark and double-paned windows can be incredibly expensive.

For this reason, window films are typically the top choice for people who are looking to upgrade their homes. In this article, we’ll tell you all you need to know about window films and why they may be the right choice for you. With that said, let’s get to it.

The Benefits of Window Films

Window films are beneficial for your home in many ways. First of all, they are able to help block out UV rays and infrared lights, allowing your home to remain cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Additionally, the films can help to extend the longevity of your furniture by reducing their exposure to UV light that can harm them. They also provide your home with an added layer of privacy, as it will help to obscure vision from the outside-in.

 

How Do Window Films Work?

To understand how window films work, we need to talk about these three types of lights and how they interact with the material:

  1. Visible Light

Visible light refers to every spectrum of light within the range that the human eye can see, which consists of the seven different colours of lights that make up the rainbow. While it may be imperative that we have access to natural light, it’s still essential that we don’t have so much as to make it inconvenient for us. When you buy window films, there’s a measure called the Visible Light Transmission (VLT) rating, which tells you how much light it allows to pass through the window. The higher the VLT rating, the brighter your room is going to be. 

  1. Infrared Light

Infrared light accounts for more than half of the energy of the sun, which is the type of light that gives the sun rays its heat. Window films help to prevent the passage of this type of light and eject it outward, allowing your home to stay cooler compared to the blazing outdoors. 

  1. UV Rays

Ultraviolet lights are invisible to the human eye, but the rays are harmful nonetheless. In fact, UV contributes to the increased risk of skin cancer and the wear and tear of your furniture, which makes it a serious threat to our property and family. Top-quality sun control films can help to block up to 99.9% of these harmful UV rays, allowing you to stay safe at all times while indoors.

Cooltone has been installing high-quality window tint across Brisbane for over 30 years, our skilled team specialise in residential and commercial work. if you are looking for advice or a quote, feel free to get in touch.