When your sun faces south, the level of sunlight you get during the daytime can be intense. It can be difficult to watch your favorite shows on TV or check your email with the sun’s bright glare on your screens. At the same time, the visible and invisible spectrum of light is also doing a number on your home’s interior by causing fading to your floor and furnishings. It can also cause your home to be less comfortable during warm weather by increasing your home’s internal temperature with solar heat.


If the sun in your home has you reaching for blackout curtains that block out your view along with the light, our Sun Control of Minnesota window film pros can help. In this blog post, we’ll talk about how our residential window film compares to blackout curtains and shades.


Deciding Between Shades and Residential Window Tinting

Both window film and shades have their advantages when it comes to design, but there’s a big difference between them when it comes to performance. Here’s how they stack up on a few important points:


1.      Reducing Glare- Direct sunlight can make it difficult or impossible to finish your work or watch your favorite TV show. But if you close your curtains to block out the glare, you’ll have to contend with a darker interior inside your home, which means turning on lights and increased energy costs. Window film, on the other hand, gets rid of the glare and the brightness without costing you the light inside your home.


2.      Reducing Solar Heat- When it comes to heat reduction, light-colored shades and curtains can be somewhat effective if they’re completely closed. Darker shades may attract solar heat and release it into your home’s interior. But either way, you’re shutting out your view when you close them. However, 3M window film blocks out most of the sun’s light, which means you’ll enjoy a reduction in heat and possibly lower energy costs.


3.      Increasing Privacy- Many homeowners choose curtains or shades for the added privacy inside their home. Homeowners may not feel comfortable with the windows wide open sharing a view inside their home with the neighbors. However, window films are available in various levels of privacy to prevent unwanted eyes from looking inside your home. Darker window film keeps prying eyes out without compromising the light inside your home.


Install Your 3M Twin Cities Residential Window Tinting

If you’re ready to enjoy the view without the inconvenience, window tinting is an ideal solution for your Twin Cities home. With the added benefit of increased security, residential window film protects your home and family while helping keep your energy costs down.


Connect with our Sun Control of Minnesota residential window tint pros to learn more about our home window tint solutions. You can speak to a member of our team at 651.490.1060, or connect with us online to discuss window film options for your home.