If you asked most people their opinion on tinted windows and why car owners choose to tint, the answer will often be “because it looks cool.” We’re not going to disagree, but there are several practical benefits to tinted car windows in additional to visual appeal. Here are our top 5 reasons to tint your car windows—some might even surprise you!
Diminish interior heat
Live in San Diego long enough and you’ll figure out the little secret not mentioned in all the tourist brochures—our summers last way beyond the standard three months! If you don’t want your car turning into an oven every day, tint the windows. Window tinting can provide up to a 78% reduction in heat transfer. That’s a pretty big deal when the temperature inside a parked car can soar up to 120 degrees—on a 78-degree day!
As a bonus, a less-scorching temperature inside your car means your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Not only does this extend the life of your A/C system, it means better gas mileage as well. And who doesn’t love to save at the pump?
Block harmful UV rays
Quality window film can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, which damage pretty much everything they touch. Seats, carpets, dash, wood trim—all susceptible to fading in the sun, unless protected by tint.
UV rays can also damage something far more precious: your skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause sunburn at best, skin cancer at worst, and while you’re probably vigilant about applying sunscreen before hitting the beach, do you ever wear it to drive your car? We’re guessing not.
Reduce hazardous glare
Glare from sunlight bouncing off your car mirrors and other objects outside can create dangerous blind spots, but window film applied to a vehicle’s side and rear windows can significantly reduce the effect. And aside from the risk of accidents, constant exposure to bright sunlight can damage your eyesight as well. This is even more important for babies and children—window shades and screens designed to protect kids don’t cover the entire window. But tinting does.
Boost security and privacy
One of the many overlooked benefits to tinting your car windows is the added privacy—both when you’re driving and while the car is parked. Obviously you should take care to not leave valuables in view, but sometimes you forget—or it’s something so large that hiding it isn’t an option. Tinted windows will give you the peace of mind knowing that your belongings are not in plain sight for a potential thief on the street to spot.
Protect windows from shattering
Sometimes thieves will break into a sweet-looking ride without any noticeable valuables—they just know there must be something good inside. But tinted windows block access, even with a rock to the glass, thanks to one of the most unexpected benefits of window tinting (which also makes the most sense): tinting is adhesive, like a large sticker, so when the glass breaks shards are held in place.
This also comes in handy in the event of an accident, even one that isn’t severe enough to cause injuries—shards of broken glass falling all over you and your passengers is not a pretty picture.
Beat the heat and call us!
At JC Power Audio Shop, our installation experts have been decking out cars, trucks, and minivans in San Diego for years. With us, you get seamless results, no bubbles, and no strange discoloration. And yeah, your vehicle will look cooler, too.