Is Your Car Ready for the Heat?

New Mexico summers often reach temperatures in the high 90s and even the triple digits – and the inside of a parked car gets even hotter. An hour in 95 degree weather can bring a car’s internal temperature up to 140 degrees, or more than hot enough to fry an egg.

Your car’s hot interior can be a major inconvenience. A steering wheel that’s too hot to handle and a seat that’s uncomfortably warm make driving a hassle. And the heat in your car can damage the plastics used in vehicle interiors, causing them to release chemicals into the air you breathe.

You don’t have to suffer in a hot car, and be exposed to these chemical gasses. This summer, get your car ‘heat-ready’ with window tinting that will block the sun’s rays and keep your interior cool.


How Does Window Tinting Reduce Heat in a Car?

Window tinting works by applying a spectrally sensitive layer to the glass of a car’s window. As you probably learned in science class, light is a spectrum made up of different wave lengths. Tinted windows block certain wave lengths, only allowing some of them through.

When your windows are tinted, the thermal rays that generate heat are rejected. The rays that create natural light are allowed through, giving you plenty of visibility as you drive without worrying about roasting in your car.


How Much Heat Does Window Tinting Block?

The amount of heat blocked by tinted windows varies depending on the type of tint used. Basic tinting starts by blocking about 40% of the sun’s thermal rays. Other tints are available that can block up to 70-80% of the heat. If you’re not sure what level of heat rejection is best for your needs, give us a call; our team at Astro Auto Glass can help match you with the best tint for your needs.