A Comprehensive Guide to Smart Windows

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Nowadays, homeowners throughout the United States are making their homes more high-tech than ever before. Long gone are the mid-century days when having a microwave and a countertop dishwasher made you the talk of the neighborhood. In this day and age, everything from doorbells to kitchen appliances are available in “smart” models. Smart devices generally connect to not only one another but your smartphone as well. This makes using them a breeze even when you’re away from home.

If you’ve been thinking about having smart windows installed in your Carolina home, you are not alone. An ever-increasing number of homeowners are going this route when they build new homes or have window replacement projects done. Although the overall benefits of smart windows haven’t been studied in-depth at this point, professional contractors, manufacturers, and energy experts all agree that these windows can lower utility bills all year long. Furthermore, these windows are usually very aesthetically pleasing. Here, you will learn more about several common types of smart windows so you can make a more informed decision. 

    1. View brand dynamic smart glass windows – View’s dynamic smart glass windows are among the most popular on the market today. This style easily connects to wi-fi, allowing users to set whatever tint is most appropriate for them at the moment. This is especially great if you need to change the mood in a space on the fly. One thing to note about View’s products is that they do not come cheaply. The brand specializes in luxury goods, and dynamic smart glass windows are typical $50 to $100 per square foot. 
    2. Sonte Film brand smart window film – If you have sticker shock after reading the average price of View’s smart windows, Sonte Film might be the ideal solution for you. This brand manufactures a product known as smart window film, which can be attached to existing non-smart windows. Smart window film has numerous capabilities, including tints you can control from your smartphone. To get a quote for this product, you’ll need to contact a local Carolina installer, but full sheets often cost about $199 apiece. 
    3. Invisi-Shade brand self-adhesive film – Invisi-Shade offers conventional smart glass window replacements, but their self-adhesive film is their most popular offering. With numerous colors available, each kit includes a remote control and all of the electrical goods you’ll need to get it up and running successfully. Invisi-Shade’s film is also affordable on many budgets, with a single sample running a mere $99 and a sample pack of three different hues costing just $249. 

If you are interested in having smart windows of any kind installed in your home, contact the Hatch Homes team before making any significant decisions. Our skilled crew will be able to answer any questions you may have about what product is right for your lifestyle. We can also teach you anything you want to know about the installation process and how your new windows will impact your utility bills, if at all. Having smart windows installed is a great way to upgrade the look and feel of your home without doing a major renovation. 

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