If you're like most people, you really appreciate having lots of natural light in your indoor home environment, and if you've just purchased a home with floor-to-ceiling or other large windows with a western or southern exposure, you're probably looking forward to letting the sun shine in as you and your family enjoy your new home. However, you may find yourself drawing the shades more often than you'd like in order to keep the sun from ruining your enjoyment of your home. Fortunately, you don't have to suffer — having window tinting installed means you won't have to sacrifice natural lighting and feel as if you're living in a cave in order to prevent UV rays from wreaking havoc on your indoor environment. Following are three more reasons why you should consider window tinting. 

Your Houseplants Won't Fry

One of the first things many people do when they move into a home with big south- and west-facing windows is to move their houseplants up next to them and expect them to thrive. However, most houseplants come from vegetative cuttings taken from plants native to the floor of tropical jungles, and too much exposure to sun can literally burn them up. By the same token, they may not get enough sun if you're constantly keeping the drapes closed. Window tinting keeps out the majority of the sun's UV rays as well as helps keep indoor temperatures down, allowing your houseplants the environment they need to thrive. 

Your Flooring, Furniture, Walls, and Artwork Won't Fade

UV rays can fade almost anything they touch for a prolonged length of time. Carpeting, area rugs, hardwood flooring, furniture upholstery, walls, and artwork may be significantly damaged by prolonged exposure to UV rays, seriously damaging both their aesthetic and monetary value. Fabrics in particular are susceptible to structural degradation caused by sunlight, and you may find yourself with premature rips and tears along with ugly fading, which means you'll need to replace the items much sooner than you would if UV damage weren't a part of the picture. 

Your Utility Bills Won't Go Through the Roof

Window tinting also helps keep air conditioning and heating bills from skyrocketing, providing a barrier that keeps cool air inside during summer and warm air inside during winter. It also circumvents the greenhouse effect that happens with glass windows, when interior temperatures rise rapidly as the sun beats through the glass with no way to escape. Tinted windows keep most of the heat out in the first place.