Window films are rising in popularity these days, but still many people don’t know what they are or how they work. One of the questions that we get asked a lot here at Commercial Window Tinting Salt Lake is, is tinted window film better for energy efficiency?

For quite some time now, window film manufacturers have been making clear window films. But because the tinted ones were around so long, people assume that these new ones aren’t as effective. But that simply isn’t true. Today, window films don’t need tint to reject heat. And, depending on the climate, some of the clear ones actually work better. Let us explain.

Are All Window Films Tinted?

Before we dive into the different types of energy efficient window films, let’s get this question out of the way. Absolutely not. Some window films are clear, some are tinted, some reflective, and others have colorful or decorative patterns. Window films come in many different shapes and sizes.

Is Tinted Window Film Better than Clear Window Film?

Truly, no. There’s no evidence that tinted films are more effective. Really, it’s hard to judge the effectiveness of a window film by its appearance. Whether your window film is black, white, blue, or purple, the color doesn’t matter so much as how much infrared heat it rejects and what type of film it is.

Low-E Window Film

A lot of low-e window films are clear, but they’re great for energy efficiency in climates like Salt Lake City. Why? Because they work during the winter too. These window films actually balance temperatures instead of just blocking heat all of the time. They’re made with a low-e coating that keeps heat in its place.

Spectrally Selective Window Film

Spectrally selective films are another type of energy efficient window tint. Some of them are clear, others have a stylish neutral tone, and others are used for creating privacy. These window films provide excellent energy efficiency during the summer because they reject high levels of infrared light, which is the spectrum responsible for creating heat.

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As you can see, there are many more types of window film than just “tinted” and not “tinted”. If you aren’t sure which energy efficient window film is best for your Salt Lake City property, just contact our team and we’ll be happy to help you!

When it comes to window tinting, Mike Kinsey is a subject matter expert. For the past fifteen years, Mike and his team have been installing window film for commercial properties located in Salt Lake and the surrounding areas of Logan, Park City, Provo, Orem, and Ogden, totaling over 250,000 square feet of film. Mike is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education and is well-equipped with knowledge of the latest industry innovations. As the head of operations at Commercial Window Tinting Salt Lake, he is charge of overseeing all projects from start to finish. He enjoys finding out of the box solutions to complex problems and developing solid relationships with local business owners though the process of helping them accomplish their architectural goals.