A simple question to ask a control group of driving age would be this. What percentage of luxury sedan automobiles does not have any window tinting. The answer to this question would be below 20%. Luxury car windows are factory tinted in shades to comply with state laws, and to satisfy consumer demand. After-market window tinting has responded to customer demand and represents a cottage industry in the states and elsewhere.
For decades businesses have tinted their windows as a way of reducing energy costs. A retail store must make its products visible to the buying public because exposure is the key to success but by reducing energy costs businesses increase their bottom lines.
If tinting is the rage in cars and is used in businesses to reduce costs, then why has it not been used by homeowners. Actually, it has. Postmodern homes designed by avante-garde architects extensively use glassed surface areas combined with a minimum of window treatment. Naked windows, those windows without curtains or draperies, allow light to enter the room bringing its unwanted guest, heat, along with it. While extended views can expand interior living spaces, the build up of heat can turn a home into an inferno.
For traditional homes in America there is minimal use of window tinting. Glass windows may be divided into mullions for the traditional look and are curtained and covered by fabric, metal or plastic. The view from a window, sadly, becomes of secondary importance. In Europe and Latin America the residential homes are usually smaller but more modern. With space at a premium, the concept of the extension of space by traveling outwards through a window is important.
Let’s turn our attention to the American traditional home to find areas where window tinting would be useful. First look for large areas of glass in the home. Are there any sliding glass doors? Do any of your walls face south and absorb a lot of light during the day? Are there any windows without a view? Do you have any areas where light is at a premium but you want to eliminate heat gain? How about clerestory windows which look odd with any window treatment but still let in needed light along with dreaded heat.
Consider window tinting these windows and reap the rewards of living in an energy efficient home. Your home will look better and feel more comfortable to family and guests. The small cost of tinting your windows will be repaid to you many times over in energy savings and your efforts, in a small part, will help to save the planet.