Best Practices for Electric Window Tint Maintenance and Longevity

Best Practices for Electric Window Tint Maintenance and Longevity

Best Practices for Electric Window Tint Maintenance and Longevity

Installing electric window tint, also known as smart glass or switchable film, is an investment in comfort, energy savings, and privacy. Unlike traditional dyed films, electric tint allows you to instantly control sunlight and glare with the click of a button.

With proper care and maintenance, electric window films can last over a decade. Follow these best practices to keep your electric tint working and looking its best for years to come. For a free consultation on protecting your switchable film or any installation questions, contact the experts at ElectraTint today at 833-422-1329.

Regular Maintenance Made Simple

Keeping your electric window tint looking great and performing optimally doesn’t require a complex regimen or specialty products. Follow these simple tips:

  • Wipe down the inside and outside of film gently every 4-6 weeks using a soft cloth, mild detergent, and no harsh scrubbing.
  • Carefully run a brush or swab along edges and corners monthly to prevent dirt buildup.
  • Inspect film closely for holes, lifted edges, cracks or cloudiness whenever you clean.
  • Rinse exterior glass thoroughly when seasonal pollen or pollution accumulate, around 4 times per year.
  • Control indoor humidity year-round between 30-50% relative humidity.
  • Filter intense sunlight during hot weather to keep panes from overheating.
  • Power off film if not actively being used for tinting.
  • Have our specialist calibrate and maximize performance around every 8 years.

By sticking to these basic maintenance bullet points, your electric window tint keeps looking great and functioning optimally year after year. Protect your investment through simple prevention.

Clean the Window Regularly

Dirt, grime, and buildup on the window can cause electric film to not perform properly. Plus, debris stuck between the glass and film can scratch the tint.

Wipe down the inside and outside of windows with a soft microfiber cloth and mild soap and water at least once a month. Avoid using harsh cleaners or abrasive pads. Ammonia, bleach, benzene, and other chemicals can damage electric film over time.

Be Gentle When Cleaning

Scrubbing too vigorously when cleaning windows can loosen electric film around the edges. Use a light touch when wiping down glass.

Inspect the Edges and Corners

Pay special attention to the corners and edges of the tint when cleaning. Use a small brush or cotton swab if dirt is stuck in crevices. Buildup in hard-to-reach areas can allow moisture underneath the film and cause bubbling.

Check for Signs of Wear and Tear

During periodic window cleanings, inspect the electric film for any gaps, bubbles, discoloration, or cracks. Small punctures or holes along the edges indicating the seal is compromised. Notify us right away if you spot any film defects or damage. Getting minor issues repaired quickly prevents more headaches down the road.

Rinse Off Exterior Windows

Be sure to rinse the outside of windows whenever pollen, bird droppings, air pollution fallout, and other grime accumulates. Letting contaminants sit on the glass encourages etching and pitting. Try to wash outer window surfaces at least four times per year.

Maintain Proper Ventilation

Moisture building up between window frames and electric film can be problematic. Prevent condensation inside a room by maintaining adequate ventilation and controlling indoor humidity levels. Dehumidifiers help provide comfortable living spaces and limit dampness issues.

Avoid Letting Panes Overheat

During sweltering summer days, draw blinds, shades, or drapes over windows facing direct sunlight. The heat absorbed by untreated glass passes through transparent electric tint even when powered off. Allowing panes to get too hot accelerates film deterioration over time.

Power Down Film When Not In Use

Electric tint works via low voltage supplied through wiring installed around the window frame. When not actively using the film’s light-filtering properties, cut power to the window to save a small amount of electricity and give the technology a break. We recommend programming timers to match your usage patterns.

Protect Against Weather Damage

Extreme heat, moisture, wind, and hail can all degrade exterior-mounted electric films prematurely. Awnings, overhangs, storm shutters and laminated/impact-resistant glass options boost durability for outdoor installations in harsh climates. Talk to our team about custom Options optimized for your unique property conditions and local weather.

Schedule Professional Re-Calibration

Even with proper preventative maintenance, electric window tint performance may slowly degrade over 10 years. Experience overly long switching speeds or slight color uniformity issues? Our specialist can fully re-calibrate smart glass coatings and restore optimal functioning. Leveraging custom diagnostic tools and software adjustments, we breathe new life into aging tech.

Consider Eventual Film Replacement

While today’s electric window films hold up substantially better than previous generations, no technology lasts forever. Environment, usage levels, and quality of installation impact viable lifespan. We find most switchable tints need refreshing after 8-12 years. Once film replacement becomes necessary, our seasoned technicians make the swap out process fast and hassle-free.

The Best Defense is Good Offense

Staying proactive with at-home cleaning and engaging our service team promptly for repairs and rejuvenation lets you maximize the return on investment from electric window upgrades. Well-maintained smart glass keeps working at peak efficiency for over a decade.

Put our specialists’ expertise to work for you. For electric window tint installations, replacements or maintenance assistance call ElectraTint at 833-422-1329 or email Our friendly, knowledgable team stands ready to deliver exceptional service and support.