7 Ways the Right Window Tint Can Help Your Car Beat the Heat

How hot can your car get on a typical summer day?

“When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.” – – United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Average high temperatures in Oregon often exceed 80°F during the summer months. While this might sound bearable, it is important to realize that the temperature inside your car can rapidly exceed 130°F. The good news is that you can keep your car cool by installing premium window tint. Below is a look at the ways that the right window tint can help your car beat the heat.

What are some strategies people use to try to keep their cars cool?

When outdoor temperatures begin to rise, car owners will often try to use some makeshift ways to try to beat the heat. The most common methods people use are partially lowering windows, parking under a tree, or putting a window visor reflector shade on their front window. Unfortunately, these methods are temporary and largely ineffective.

“In terms of heat-rise over time, it makes very little difference whether a car’s windows are closed or partially open. In both cases, a car’s interior temperature can rise approximately 40 degrees within one hour, even when the exterior temperature is only 72°F.”

– American Academy of Pediatrics Study, 2005

Why is premium window tint the best option to beat the heat?

Most people are not aware of just how powerful window tint can be in helping to keep a car’s indoor temperature cool. But not all window tinting is created equal. The key is to seek a premium window tint film that is professionally installed and will stand the test of time. Here are some of the many reasons why premium window tinting is the single best option to keep your vehicle cool in the heat of the summer:

1) You will benefit from superb heat rejection properties

The sophisticated technology offered by premium window tint such as XPEL PRIME is second to none. By blocking up to 99 percent of UV radiation and 98 percent of infrared heat from penetrating your car’s interior, XPEL PRIME window tint helps maintain a more comfortable temperature inside your vehicle. In this way, premium tint will also help you optimize gas mileage because you will be less dependent on your air conditioner.

2) It is fast and easy to install

With such impressive cooling technology, you may expect a lengthy installation process. But that is not the case with XPEL PRIME installations. In general, the majority of premium tint installations take a few hours to install. While the exact timing may vary depending on vehicle type and project complexity, you can expect to be on the road to a cooler vehicle within the same day of dropping off your vehicle.

3) Tinted windows are easy to maintain

Tinted windows do not require any special maintenance procedures, which helps to save you time and money. To best maintain your tinted windows, apply a non-ammonia based glass cleaner to your windows using a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Do not use a blade to scrape the tint, as this can cause long-term damage to the tint and possibly your windows.

4) You will not experience cracking, bubbling, or fading

The heat and sun can easily destroy poor quality window tint. However, high quality window tint such as XPEL PRIME will not bubble, crack, or fade – even on the hottest days or after years of constant use. If you were the victim of a poor quality tinting job, the best thing to do is to take your vehicle to a trusted specialist who is accustomed to correcting poor quality tint jobs.

5) Premium tint will not interfere with radio or cellular signals

Sometimes people are reluctant to explore window tinting because they have heard stories about window tint interfering with radio signals. This interference is typically caused by the presence of metal particles that are prevalent in some lower grade tints. You can avoid this pitfall by ensuring that your vehicle is tinted with XPEL Prime, which is free of metal particles that can cause radio, Bluetooth, or cellular interference.

6) You can help prevent skin cancer and cataracts

“While windshields blocked the vast majority of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, car door windows offered varying levels of protection from the rays that are tied to cataracts and skin aging. “Some cars were as low as 50 percent blockage,” said researcher Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler of the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute in Beverly Hill, California.” – Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters

In addition to cooling your car’s interior, premium tint can help safeguard against premature skin aging, skin cancer, and cataracts. In fact, premium tinting is often superior to some factory tints, which may only filter half of UV rays.

7) Premium tint will preserve your vehicle’s gorgeous interior

Without premium window tint, long-term exposure to heat and sunlight can cause fading and discoloration of your car’s interior. Premium tinting blocks up to 99 percent of UV radiation, thereby preserving the beauty of your vehicle’s dashboard and upholstery.

Oregon’s most trusted window tinting expert

Clearly, window tinting is an effective means of lowering the temperature in your vehicle. But it is important to remember that not all window tints possess the same heat rejecting technology. It is up to you to make sure that you choose a provider that offers premium technology and professional installation. Additionally, your provider should offer the following:

Top Products: Selecting the highest performing products, such as XPEL, is important to produce desired results
Compliance: Your provider should know and adhere to state-specific laws regarding window tinting and the required light transmittance
Efficiency: The ability to complete most projects within a few hours is important

Fortunately, Oregon’s most trusted window tinting expert is conveniently located on McLoughlin Boulevard in Wilwaukie. We invite you to contact us at Elite Window Tinting to discover the many benefits that window tinting offers. As Oregon’s most trusted provider of window tinting services, Elite Window Tinting has served the Portland and Vancouver communities for nearly 15 years. We look forward to serving as your single resource for all of your window tinting and car detailing needs!

Kenley Wallis