Nearly one hundred million miles away, the sun consumes itself continually, sending out the product of its efforts across the solar system. Much of this radiation is reflected by the earth's atmosphere before it can penetrate further, bouncing off harmlessly into the deeper regions of space that surround the planet. A portion, though, makes its way further down, warming up the air that surrounds it before finally being absorbed by the earth itself. This radiation, visible light and otherwise, is responsible for keeping our planet inhabitable and even comfortable throughout much of the year for most of its residents.

Of course, there are times when the sun's warmth and light are too much for people to bear. Sunglasses and hats help to an extent, providing protection against the harshest of the sun's rays. Similar approaches can be used to help keep cars and homes more comfortable, too, cutting down on the amount of energy that needs to be expended in actively cooling them.

Solartex, for example, a Columbus window tinting company, treats a number of homes in the area every year with window film that helps to block much of the sun's energy. The kind of 3M window film in Columbus homes normally call for can be applied quickly and economically, and treatments generally last for many years with little in the way of maintenance.

The advantages of having such a treatment applied are numerous. To begin with, of course, it can help to cut down on the amount of sunlight making its way into a home during the brightest and hottest days of the year. Simply having such a window film applied to a home's south-facing windows can make an immediate, noticeable dent in electric bills, as air conditioners no longer have to work as hard to cool the air inside.

That same treatment can also make a home more pleasant to live in and look out from. The glare of the sun can be a real issue for homeowners who might wish to enjoy breakfast while looking out their kitchen windows, and a modest window film treatment can make it much easier to do so, even while the sun would otherwise be streaming right into the residents' eyes. The same investment can also serve as the kind of Security Window Film in Columbus that has been proven, time and time again, to afford residents greater security and privacy, as it prevents those outside from getting a good look at a home's contents.