Wednesday—Good for You, Good for The Home: Cooling Down a Hot Window

Reducing the heat on a southwest facing garden window

Shopping for Window Tint

You can see the reflection of my new clothesline. 

I got our tint from AmazonSmile Prime.  It beats dealing with morons at Home Depot, and my favorite local animal rescue group receives 0.5 percent of the purchase price.

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Our primary goal was to reduce the heat on garden window that gets blasted by the sun every afternoon.  I did not want a silver mirrored finish, primarily to avoid the intense glare and any possible harm to our backyard wildlife, especially the birds.

We like to use natural light as much as possible in our house, so I was not looking for black-out tint.  I did, however, end up ordering the darkest tint available.  From the inside looking out, it looks like you're wearing a good pair of sunglasses.

The price was reasonable ($30 for a 36-inch x12-foot strip), and we will make up the cost by reducing our power bills by at least that much this summer.  
From the inside looking out  
Complete privacy from the outside

How hard was it to put up?  

It is definitely a 2-person job, and the tricky part is removing the adhesive backing before you put it up.  It just takes confidence, preparation, planning & all the right tools.

The gloves & hammer were for tapping out the garden window shelves.

Our tint came with a great little blue squeegee and a utility knife.  We made our own soapy spray with a few drops of baby shampoo and a good spray bottle.  You can't put this stuff up without a lot of soapy water applied to both sides of the film and the glass.  

We used our shower squeegee as a handy tool for holding the tint against the glass while positioning the film.  

You'll also need a lint-free, hair-free place to measure & cut the film.  Any debris on the window and anything stuck to the adhesive back of the film is there for good.

Handy Tips

  • Throw down a beach towel to soak up the soapy spray
  • Apply to a cool window for best results.  Heat tends to discourage good adhesion.
  • Add an extra inch around the edges when you measure & cut the film.
  • It gets easier after the first application.  

Have fun with your DIY summer projects!

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