Watson's Window Tinting specializes in the installation of residential window treatments to improve the comfort, protection and the safety of your home. Windows play an important role in any home, from the light they let in to the views they reveal. However they also create a host of problems ranging from excessive glare, reduced security, premature fading, heat build-up and high energy costs. The installation of LLumar, V-Kool and SunTek window treatments can reduce your energy consumption. In Fact, according to the Energy Star Buildings Manual of the United States approximately 50% of a homes utility bills are wasted by loss of heat and heat gain through untreated windows.
New to the industry and ideal for residential applications are the use of spectrally selective window coatings. These coatings are clear, non-reflective, colorless, heat blocking and spectrally selective. This term refers to the ability of the film to select or let in desirable daylight, while blocking out undesirable heat. These spectrally selective window films block out heat as well as solar control glass and even in new construction; often the cost of solar control glass exceeds the the cost of standard glass to which a spectrally selective film is later applied. Unlike dark and reflective window films that reduce up to 85% visible light, specturally selective films allow natural light to pass reducing interior lighting demands furthering your energy savings. Spectrally selective window treatments offer the highest ratio of visible light transmission to total solar energy rejected.
When faced with a choice between a tinted film that blocks more heat and a spectrally selective film that blocks less heat but transmits more light, the latter is often the best choice. An increasing number of electric utilities encourage homeowners to choose a window based on its luminous efficacy constant, a measurement of the ability to simultaneously block heat and transmit light. Less expensive conventional window films have a shorter payback compared to more-expensive spectrally selective films. But the cost of extra energy used for lighting and and air conditioning operation because of a conventional film's inability to transmit sufficient visible light makes the payback for conventional film and a spectrally selective film comparable. Given the rising electricity and natural gas rates, the rate of payback for a spectrally selective film is always improving- averaging about four years. Factor in the issues of comfort and well-being, as well as a home's appearance, and it's clear that spectrally selective window film is the preferred choice.