Although we’d never want to live anywhere else, the weather in California can sometimes be a little overwhelming. While constant sunshine and warm temperatures sound awesome to those living elsewhere in the country, we’d be lying if we said that we didn’t sometimes long for a few clouds, cooler temps, and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of rain from time to time.
Living in a part of the world where warm weather is the standard can cause a strain on HVAC systems as well as the pocketbooks that have to keep them running almost 365 days a year.
Here at Arjay’s we take great pride in the fact that residents of Ventura come to us when looking for a way to have more control over the natural light and temperature in their homes. We offer a variety of options for increasing energy efficiency, including window films.
Keep reading to learn more about these high-tech window treatments and the benefits they can provide to your California home!
Are Window Films The Same As Window Tint?
Before we delve too far into the world of window films, let’s take a moment to clear up any potential misunderstanding about the difference between window films and window tints. Essentially, these two window coverings function the same and achieve similar results. The only difference is that window tinting is more commonly used in reference to automobiles, while window film is a term for homes and offices.
Types Of Window Film
- Decorative – This window film is very thin and is mainly designed to give windows a more upscale look while also reducing interior glare.
- Solar Control – This is the type of window film in which most Ventura homeowners are most interested. Also called “Low-E film,” this window covering makes it possible to filter out up to 99 percent of damaging ultraviolet rays, reducing the strain on your air conditioner as well as protecting furniture and rugs from their fading effects.
- Window Security – This window film can help protect you from accidents (baseball through the living room window, anyone?) as well as home invasions. When applied to a window, this film makes it nearly impossible to shatter the glass–shards remain firmly attached to the film.
- Storm Security – If you live in a coastal area that’s prone to storms, especially those that come along with high winds and the threat of flying debris, storm security film is a great way to add an extra layer of protection to your home.
By now you probably have a better idea of how window films work–they either add texture and beauty to your windows, block or reflect sunlight, or enhance security by making the window harder to shatter. These functions can translate into big benefits for homeowners in Ventura:
Energy Conservation – In the past, we’ve had clients enjoy up to a 30 percent reduction in their cooling costs simply by installing energy-efficient window films in their home.
Fade Reduction – Are you tired of the bright California sun draining away the colors from your couch, carpet, and other fabric items in your home? With the addition of a window film, the sun’s damaging UV rays are filtered out before light enters your home.
Solar Control – Does the hot sun blast through a couple windows in your home all day along? Simply adding window film to these areas can eliminate the “hot spots” that make you want to avoid certain rooms.
Glare Control – Do you love working in your home office but find that you have to avoid it during certain hours of the day because of intense glare? With window films, you can say goodbye to the eyestrain and glare on your screen.
Crime Prevention & Safety – As mentioned previously, enhanced safety is a happy byproduct of all types of window films. By making it harder to break a window, and keeping shards in tact if it does break, window films are a great dual-benefit security upgrade.