On a bright sunny day, there’s nothing better than opening the windows to take in the sights, sounds and smells of a beautiful day. Even on rainy days, you might enjoy watching the raindrops hit your windows and slowly trickle their way down.
But in today’s world, you can never be too safe, especially in your own home. If you want to stay safe, you can do a lot to protect your home by using window tint or electrochromic film.
When it comes to getting replacement windows for your home, you can get newer ones like laminated windows or tempered glass windows. You can also opt for window tinting. Window tinting makes windows harder to penetrate and it holds glass fragments together if there’s an attempted break-in. Since window tint helps hold glass together, there’s less risk of injury since the glass fragments won’t spread.
Getting window tinting installed allows light to come into a home, but it also helps to obscure the inside of your home to anyone who happens to be looking in. That affords the average homeowner some extra privacy, since no one can just peer in and take a look at your belongings. Window tint works best in a living room or a sun room, but keep in mind you can install anywhere you’re looking for more privacy.
If you’re looking for a measure of added security in your home, installing a security window tint can give the protection you’re looking for.
Electrochromic Film (Smart Glass)
You’re probably wondering what is electrochromic film? Quite simply, it’s switchable glass that changes light transmission when light, heat or electricity is applied to it. With smart glass (electrochromic film) you get to decide how much light enters a room, which means you control how much privacy you have.
As you might imagine, there are many benefits of smart glass:
- Saving money: With switchable glass or switchable privacy film, you can save quite a bit of money on utility bills because—as previously mentioned—you can control how much light comes in to the home. Where you end up saving money is in reduced utility bills since you can control how much light enters a room.
- Sun protection: Another benefit of switchable glass is that it blocks ultraviolet light or UV rays. This is beneficial because you can protect your skin (and avoid sunburns) and it can prevent fading if you’ve got furniture placed near windows.
- No more blinds: By installing electrochromic film or smart windows with smart glass, you never have to worry about buying and installing blinds or curtains again. Switchable glass allows you all the privacy you need because you can allow as much light or as much dark in as you see fit, so you can have dimmable windows with remote controlled window tint if you wish.
Households aren’t the only places that can benefit from switchable glass. It can be very beneficial in offices too:
- Privacy: Many of today’s offices are filled with see-through glass, which means that higher-ups and rank-and-file employees don’t get a lot of privacy. It gives an office the best of both words; it can look wide open with bright, translucent glass or it can look more opaque if there are important meetings going on.
- Low Maintenance: Switchable glass is easily cleaned and workers don’t have to worry about it collecting dust or becoming stained.
- Versatility: It’s been established that switchable privacy film and switchable glass offers a great deal of privacy. But it can be used as a projection screen if an office needs to give a presentation. This allows employees to easily give presentations and show movies and pictures, rather than having to buy a separate projection screen.
The smart glass market is expected to hit $8 billion by 2023 in the U.S. Switchable glass in a home or an office can be a sizeable investment up front, but it can also be a smart investment. It affords people a greater deal of privacy than traditional curtains and blinds, it’s easy to maintain and in the long run, it can be a great way to save money.