Tinting your car windows provides an instant style boost, of course, but there are also plenty of other benefits—especially in Southern California. Blocking harmful UV rays and reducing glare are two of the most well-known benefits, as well as diminishing the heat build-up that turns your car into an oven on hot summer days. But one benefit you might not be aware of is that car window tinting can save you money on gas. Here’s how:
Oven on Wheels Without Window Tinting in San Diego
The only thing worse than a sweltering summer day in San Diego is getting into your car after it’s been sitting out in the hot sun for hours. If it feels like you’re baking while driving off, in a way, you are. When the temperature outside hits 90 degrees, it only takes an hour for the interior temperature to reach 140 degrees—that’s fatal to humans and animals, which is why there are so many ad campaigns every summer about never leaving children and pets inside cars.
Bring on the A/C on Hot San Diego Days
Even if the outside temperature is significantly lower than the inside of your car, rolling down the windows to blast out the hot air can only do so much. That’s why most people crank up the air conditioning, without quite realizing the strain it puts on their car. Air conditioners work by powering a compressor to pump cold air through the vents—in other words, the motor of your car is powering another motor, which demands much more horsepower on the engine as a whole.
From MPG to OMG
Many different factors can affect your car’s fuel economy, including poor driving habits and uneven terrain. But the power demand on your engine from using air conditioning can decrease your gas mileage by 5-25%. That means you’ll be filling up your tank much more often during the extended Southern California summer season—and draining your wallet of funds meant for all those fun summertime activities.
Block that Heat With Car Tinted Windows
Depending on the window film material and level of shading, tinted windows can block between 40-75% of the heat pouring through your car windows. Metal-based films and hybrid films made of metal and dyes offer great protection, but for the best protection possible, you’ll want to go with ceramic-based films, which also offer better clarity than other materials.
Nothing’s Cooler Than Savings with Window Tinting
When your car’s interior is up to 75% cooler, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool you down, and your mpg won’t suffer either. Plus, less wear-and-tear on your engine will save you maintenance and repair costs in the long run. As if that’s not enough savings, window tint’s UV-blocking powers will also help prevent your upholstery from fading and your dash from cracking, giving your wallet even more reasons to love window film.
Ready to Save Money on Gas this Summer in San Diego & El Cajon?
At Stereo Depot, we offer the best window tint brands and the best installation experts to help you decide which tint is best for you. In fact, we’re so confident in the quality of our installation service, we offer a lifetime warranty on labor. So if you’re ready to save some cash at the pump this summer, call or stop in one of our locations in San Diego or El Cajon today.