Today I’d like to talk about some of the lesser known advantages that tinting your car can bring, but first I’ll address some of the more common ones. The most common reason people tint their car is for privacy and aesthetics, but window tint can do so much more. Pretty much all types of window tint block around 99% of the sun’s UV rays, which is great, it protects your skin and helps prevent fading and cracking of your vehicles interior.
Another reason to tint your vehicle is for performance, or heat rejection. Metalized and ceramic films not only block UV rays, but also infrared rays. “Infrared radiation is a type of electromagnetic radiation, as are radio waves, ultraviolet radiation, X-rays and microwaves. Infrared (IR) light is part of the EM spectrum that people encounter most in everyday life. IR radiation is one of the three ways that heat is transferred from one place to another, and the sun gives off half of its total energy as infrared!” (livescience.com).
Higher level window films, like our own Autobahn performa, and Huper Optik ceramic, can do wonders to reduce the heat coming through your glass. Check the stats for yourself: https://autobahnwindowfilms.com/products/. Performa is a metalized film, meaning it uses precious metals to absorb and reject infrared rays. As of now performa blocks around 55% IR and 65% total solar energy. Compared to a traditionally dyed film, this can make a tremendous difference in the comfortability of your car! Huper Optik ceramic on the other hand is truly the cream of the crop when it comes to ceramic window films; especially for the price. Huper Optik actually holds the patent on true 100% nano-ceramic window tint, and the performance is outstanding! Huper Optik’s ceramic blocks between 80 to 92% of the infrared energy and 99.9% UV.
One of the lesser known benefits of tint is its ability to reduce glare. Getting your windshield tinted will help reduce glare and is recommended, especially for people with photosensitive eyes. And yes, it IS legal to tint your windshield in North Carolina up to 65%. Whether the sun is setting, or you’re driving at night on the highway, tinted windows will greatly increase your ability to see and drive safely. A big truck with bright headlights pulls up behind your sedan? No problem you have window tint! Overall, no matter what tint you choose to put on your car, having tinted windows will without a doubt make your driving experience more comfortable and more enjoyable. Call us today to learn more or schedule an appointment. 919-846-8566
Lucas, Jim. “what is infrared.” Mar 26, 2015.