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Window tinting not just for the car – your home and office will love window tinting, too

The flooring, the furnishings - they'll all last longer
with window film reducing the UV rays.
Have you ever climbed into a hot car in summer? The temperature can be stifling. On a 70-degree day, within an hour, a parked car can reach temperatures approaching 113 degrees. On an 80-degree day, if left in the sun, the temperature inside a car can reach anywhere from 130 to 172 degrees.

An egg white will cook at 149 degrees. The egg yolk at 158 degrees.

One way to keep the temperature from reaching these highs is to lower the windows a little. Another way is to have the windows tinted. Window tinting can block 99.9 percent of the sun’s UV rays and makes a big, big difference in keeping the car cool. Window tinting also keeps things cool in your home or office.
Those UV rays are brutal.

Window tinting is great for the home and office, too

Most people have heard of window tinting for cars. Fewer are aware that window tinting is also readily available for their homes and office. And the benefits go beyond keeping your home or office cooler. In fact, there are five significant benefits to adding window film (tinted or otherwise) to your home or office.

  • Save money on energy costs: By cutting down the heat coming in through your windows, you’ll reduce the energy required for your air conditioning to cool your home or office.
  • Preserve furnishings and floorings: Over time, your furniture and flooring is dramatically faded by the sun’s UV rays. But, it happens slowly so you probably haven’t noticed. One way to see the difference is to move a dresser that sits in the sun a lot and compare the floor around it and the floor that was under it before you moved it. You’ll probably be shocked at how effective the sun is at bleaching the color out of wood and fabrics.
  • Maintain your privacy: While clear window film can also block 99.9 percent of the sun’s UV rays, tinted window film can eliminate the fishbowl perspective that you may have around the windows in your home or office. Tinted window film can enhance your privacy dramatically.
  • Increase your security: A window covered with window film is extremely difficult to break through, even with a hammer. If it won’t stop a burglar, or worse, from getting into your home or office, it will slow them down and require that they make extended noise thy won’t appreciate. And, with tint, they’ll find it harder to look in and see if the coast is clear to break in.
  • It’s a cost-effective improvement: Tinted window film can dramatically change the appearance of your home or office. It’s a quick and easy makeover.

Security in the shade with 3M window film in the Chicago area

3M+glass+security3M window film is a wonderful thing. It can cut the glare of the sun. It even blocks 99.9 percent of the sun’s ultra-violet rays. Those UV rays will bleach out your carpet, furnishings and, if you own a business, your display products before you know it. The damage the sun can do is far more significant than you might imagine. But, 3M window film will do more than that.

3M window film also offers significant benefits in terms of security

Take a hammer to a window and the outcome is quite predictable. One swing of the hammer and the glass will almost assuredly shatter into hundreds of pieces. But, with 3M window film, the glass may break but the pieces will hold together. The hammer-wielding assailant will have to really work at it to make their way through the glass.

In other words, glass won’t keep someone out indefinitely, but it will slow them down. This will give you time to react. You’ll almost assuredly hear them pounding on the window. Then, you can call the police or otherwise prepare yourself to respond to their intentions, whatever those intentions might be.

When the window fails to shatter easily into pieces, it generally comes as a surprise to the person with the hammer. It’s a little bit disconcerting.

On the one hand, their plan isn’t going according to hoyle. In the midst of that frustration, they suddenly realize that they’re no longer moving obscurely in the shadows. They’ve blown their cover. Now they have to work fast. But, that darn window continues to spoil their plans. Sure, they’ll work their way through but, by then, there is a good chance the police are on their way. And those inside have the necessary warning to prepare an appropriate reception.

The security benefits of 3M window film go beyond interfering with the plans of intruders; it also restrains the glass in the case of severe winds or explosions.

During WWII, shop owners in England put tape on their windows in an effort to hold the glass together if a German bomb fell nearby during the Battle of Britain. People in the path of hurricanes understand the same principle.

In Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, the biggest risk of shattering glass is a tornado. The tornado might blow the glass out of the window frame but not the way it would without 3M window film. When glass is shattered by an explosion, hurricane or tornado, it shatters and flies through the air as though it were hundreds of razor blades. People nearby are cut to shreds.

While a tornado is not likely to come down your street and, hopefully, a bomb is far less likely, if any of these do occur, 3M window film can make a world of difference. Whether the glass shatters as a result of a natural occurrence, or a man-made assault, 3M window film can make a life-saving difference.

Woodstock Eye Care applies 3M Kryptonite to windows to protect glass frames

These display glasses were once the same purple color. Sitting in the window of Woodstock Eye Care day after day, unprotected by UV blocking window film, the bottom pair has dramatically faded.

In the summer, you can almost feel the sun blazing through the windows and burning the color out of the products you have on display. At least you don’t have to worry about that during the winter. Wrong.

Even when it’s well below zero outside, when the sun shines in the window, those ultra-violet rays are at work draining the color out of everything in their path. There are exceptions but that’s only when someone has taken precautions. One such exception is at Woodstock Eye Care, 591 South Eastwood Drive (Route 47), Woodstock.

The optometrists at Woodstock Eye Care are joining that wise group of business owners who laugh in the face of UV rays. How can they act so carefree in spite of the relentless assault from the rays of the sun? The answer is simple – they have some Kryptonite.

Woodstock Eye Care provides the highest quality products, including eyeglasses, contacts, optical supplements, sports vision and more. They are specialists in providing the best eye care experience for patients of all ages and treating many different eye conditions, such as myopia, astigmatisms and presbyopia.

In the windows up front and along the side of the building are display racks with a wide range of frames. The problem is that they noticed the sun was doing a number on the display frames. Frames that were once dark or full of color are increasingly gray and faded.

That’s why they called in window experts to provide some Kryptonite. Against the UV rays of the sun, Kryptonite is called UV resistant window film. Their concern was that they would have to apply a heavily tinted film in order to block enough UV rays to make a difference. They were happy to hear that’s not the case.

The industry leading manufacturer of window film is 3M. Their film blocks 99.9 percent of the sun’s UV rays and it doesn’t matter if it’s a deeply tinted Night Vision film or the Neutral 70 film Woodstock Eye Care has chosen – they all block the UV rays the same.

With the 3M Neutral 70 film, prospective clients driving by on Route 47 can still see the frames in the window. Now, however, those frames will last and last with virtually no negative effects from the sun.

To contact Woodstock Eye Care, call (815) 338-0107.

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