Why are solar screens a better choice than window films, tints or awnings?
Films or tints are an interior application and are not designed for your double paned windows. They don't keep the sun off the windows themselves so the windows are still getting hot and producing heat in your house. Solar screens can block up to 90% of the heat and UV rays before they even get to your window. Awnings are very expensive and do not offer protection 100% of the time. Both of these alternatives offer no energy savings in the winter.
Will solar screens block my view?
Solar screens will still allow full visibility; only you will be looking through a material so it's almost like looking outside on a cloudy day.
How dark will it make my house?
Solar screens will still allow light to come in, so it will not completely darken rooms. However, there are no current statistics available as each person's home is subject to different variables. Angle of the sun on the windows, cloudiness of the day, and even the amount of trees in the yard are some examples. Customers' opinions vary on this and the best idea is to have a Sun Shield representative hold a screen over your window and let you make your own decision.
Will people be able to see in my house?
Not in the daytime. Solar screens offer you privacy during daylight hours; however, if you have interior lights on at night people can see in.
How much will solar screens save on my electric bill?
There is no way for anyone to give you a specific accurate figure. There are too many variable involved. However, solar screens will dramatically reduce the cooling cost portion of your electric bill.
Are all solar screens the same?
No. Companies use different materials and building methods.
Should I take my solar screens off in the winter?
No, some people think they will get more benefits from passive solar heating with the solar screen off in the winter. However, there are less daytime hours in the winter season, it is usually more overcast, limiting your chances of passive solar heating. Solar screens also create somewhat of a barrier, keeping the cold winter winds off your glass, similar to a storm window, therefore, keeping the temperature of the glass warmer.
Will my solar screens pay for themselves?
Yes, since solar screens save energy, they can pay for themselves in a short period of time with the money you will save on your electric bills. They can also prolong the life of your air conditioner and reduce repair costs due to the reduction of its normal workload.
Do solar screens really work?
Yes, they are the most energy efficient product for your windows. Nothing matches the effectiveness of solar screens, and at minimal cost.
Are solar screens easily removed and how are they installed?
Yes, all of our screens are installed with either a thumb bolt or screwed on. Your individual window track system or lack of will determine proper installation on your home. We use only stainless steel hardware including our screws. They are also Philips pan head screws rather than hex head screws. They are very easy to remove with nothing but a Philips head screwdriver.
Will I still be able to open my windows for airflow?
Yes, solar screens installed properly will not inhibit the operation of your window. However, some airflow will be restricted due to the thickness of the material.
Will solar screens reduce fading?
Yes, solar screens will drastically reduce the chances of curtains, carpets, furniture, and all items from fading.
How long will my solar screens last?
Sun Shield Solar Screens' screens are warranted for as long as you live in your home. However, 20-30 years is a realistic life expectancy.
Should I use the 80% or the 90% screening?
If you want more light, better airflow and visibility, you should go with the 80%. If you want more glare reduction and energy efficiency you should use the 90%. It is also possible to mix them. You can put 90% on the real problem areas and 80% on the less problem areas and aesthetically they will not look different on the exterior.
Will solar screens hurt my plants?
Not normally, solar screens help reduce the damaging ultraviolet rays, however the 80% screening is usually suggested for plants that require more light.
Are solar screens pet resistant?
Yes, solar screens are incredibly pet resistant being PVC coated polyester. However, nothing is pet proof.
What color of solar screen should I choose and why?
The darker colors are more efficient and also have the best view. However, we offer 6 different colors and you should pick the color you will be most happy with remembering that the darker the color the better the view.
What windows or doors on my house should I do?
For maximum energy efficiency, solar screens should protect all windows and doors. However, you may order any windows done as you would like, such as just the real problem areas and add others later if you choose to do so.