What are Solar Shades and How They Work?

What are Solar Shades and How They Work

If you are looking to cut glare, while reducing your energy bill, the solar shades may be the perfect fit for you!

What are solar shades?

Solar shades are window treatments which block out sun rays due to the highly reflexive exterior and special materials they are built of – usually woven PVC coated polyester yarn. By blocking the sun rays which carry heat, solar shades can save up to 15% on your energy bill.

They control the amount of light which comes through the window and save your furniture and carpets from fading due to being exposed to light for too long. They reduce the glare, so you will be able to watch TV or use the computer in the brightest time of the day, without the irritating reflection.

Natural light can still come in your room with solar shade. You can control the amount by picking the appropriate solar shade type – lighter materials provide more transparency, while darker ones give more privacy.solar shades

How do solar screens work?

It is estimated that around 40% of heat build-up and heat loss goes through windows and doors. Solar shades are one of the most efficient ways to overcome external heat-up.

They block sun rays, hence blocking the heat transfer, making your room warm up less during hot summer days. If the house stays cooler, you will not have to use the AC to cool it down and save the energy.

They filter out 3 types of solar radiation:

  • infrared rays – they control the heat transfer,
  • visible spectrum rays – they control the glare,
  • ultraviolet rays – ┬áthese are the harmful rays which cause skin cancer, eye damage and fade out furniture.

Solar shades can be placed on the inside or outside of a house. The exterior ones require special cord clutches and mounting hardware, but they will more effectively reduce the heat transfer to the windows.

Privacy vs sun ray reduction

The Openness Factor is a number which is indirectly proportional to the amount of shade they provide and directly affects privacy. Shades with the Openness Factor of 5% will give approximately 70% shade. Higher Openness Factor means it will be easier to see through the solar shades, but more light and heat will come in.

Dark fabrics

Dark colors absorb more light, so they better control the glare and let you see out, but decrease your privacy, as it is easier to see in from outside when the lights are on. Darker colors absorb more heat and are less efficient in energy saving.

Light fabrics

Light colors reflect more light, so they decrease your ability to see outside during daylight but increase privacy at night. Due to better reflection, they do not absorb as much heat, so they are better at controlling the heat transfer and saving at energy costs.

It is not advisable to choose solar shades for bedrooms and bathrooms which should have a high level of privacy but they are a good choice for all the other rooms, especially office and living rooms with a TV or PC placed near to a window.

You can explore our website to take a look at some of the other window treatments we offer. Moreover, our team of designers is ready to help you pick the best, custom and personalized solution for your home.

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