Three Top Reasons to Consider Tinted Glass for Residential Windows
December 11, 2009
There are three main reasons to consider tinted glass for your residential windows. Get the details below.
Transmission of Visible Light through Residential Windows Makes it Difficult to Work or Relax
Bright sunlight transmitted through windows can make the images on your computer and television screens almost impossible to see. And if you or someone in your family works swing or graveyard shifts, or needs to nap during the day, a flood of sunlight can prevent getting the refreshment sleep brings. You could keep you drapes drawn all the time, or you can consider replacement windows with tinted glass. Tinted glass allows you to enjoy the outside view while reducing the transmission of visible light by up to 60% or more.
Transmission of Ultraviolet Light through Residential Windows can Damage Your Possessions
If you have bright spots created by large windows or many windows, especially on the south side of your home, you know that that the ultraviolet light streaming in can fade carpets, window coverings and upholstery, and can damage wood surfaces as well as electronics. If you have just one problem spot, you might be able to rearrange your furniture. But if that is not possible, or if you have large areas of too-bright light, consider replacement windows with tinted glass. Tinted glass can reduce the transmission of ultraviolet light by up to 80% or more.
Transmission of Heat through Residential Windows Affects your Wallet
If you are looking for ways to save money, take at look at your windows. Do you see dollar signs streaming out? The more windows you have, and the bigger they are, the more of your household income is going out them. Hot air coming in during the summer causes air conditions to do overtime, and cold air coming in during the winter causes the furnace to work hard to keep you comfortable. And the cost of that comfort shows on your energy bills. Tinted windows can reduce the transmission of heat through your windows so significantly, that the cost of replacement windows can pay for themselves in a handful of year. Of course, your actual breakeven will depend on your personal circumstances. Your professional window installation company can help you calculate your savings.
If you purchase windows that significantly improve energy savings, you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $1500. Be sure to look for windows that qualify for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 tax credits. The program applies to purchases (but not installation) of windows through the end of 2010. Refer to the Environmental Protection Agency website for complete information. You may also qualify for rebates tor additional credits through your city, state, or local utility company. Begin your search by checking the Energy Star rebate finder.