If you’re looking to lower your home’s energy costs and cut the glare and heat of the sun, you should consider adding sun screens or solar screens, to your home. To help you learn more about our sun screens and solar screens, here are some answers to the most popular questions we get asked often.
How do sun screens work?
Sun screens are made from a thicker, denser mesh coated in PVC. The denser mesh works in three ways. First, they provide additional shade for your windows. They reflect sunlight away, which reduce the amount of heat and rays that transfer through your windows. Solar screens also capture the heat of the sun on its way to your windows and dissipate that heat away. This prevents the glass in your windows from heating up while also radiating heat into your home.
How big of an impact do solar screens have on your home’s energy bills?
People always want to know how well solar screens work. The answer is they have a significant difference on the heat gain in your home. Solar screens can lower the temperature in your home by 8 to 15 degrees, which means your air conditioner doesn’t have to work nearly as hard to cool your home on those hot summer days. Because your home doesn’t heat up to extreme temperatures, solar screens can also help you save money on your home’s energy bills.
Do solar screens darken your home?
Some people worry that solar screens will make their home too dark. In reality, solar screens cut the sunlight coming into your home by 15 to 25 percent. For many homeowners, this low level of light is often a benefit. Without solar screens, windows that receive direct afternoon light are sometimes too warm to sit near during the summer. They also provide uncomfortable glares within your home.
Do sun screens block your view?
Sun screens have a thicker mesh than traditional window screens. Solar screens come in different thicknesses, so you will have some say in the intensity of your screen’s look. Because the mesh is thicker, sun screens are more noticeable within a window or door. However, as with traditional window screens, you won’t notice the screens in your window as you get used to it.
Do all windows need solar screens?
You can get all the benefits of sun screens without have them installed on every window in your home. Sun screens should be installed on the sides of your home that are hit with the heat of the day, generally the west and south sides of your home. However, some homeowners opt to install sun screens on more windows for privacy or uniformity.
How do I get sun screens installed on my home?
Most homeowners don’t realize until they look at screen options that window screens don’t come in standard sizes. This means installing new screens including sun screens, usually requires custom installation. Installing sun screens need to begin with a consultation with our professionals, then we will proceed to measurement and installation. If you’re interested in saving money with solar screens, call A to Z Window Screens to schedule your consultation now!