It’s summertime and people all over the country are feeling the heat – literally and figuratively. Even though many people have air-conditioning, wouldn’t it be nice if you wouldn’t have to run it so much, but could remain cool while saving money on your energy bill at the same time?
That is possible by buying some solar screens online for your windows. Never heard of solar screens, you say. Simply explained, solar screens are very similar to full-size standard window screens. The biggest difference is that solar screens are made from a long-lasting outdoor fabric that is both flame- and fade-resistant. One popular material for solar screen is a highly-durable synthetic fabric made of PVC-coated polyester. The screens look like the material is tightly “woven,” for lack of a better word. The fabric is designed to block or repel the heat gain that is usually generated when the sun’s rays pass through glass windows.
Biggest Benefits of Solar Screens
- The first and biggest benefit is the savings on your utility bills. Depending on what the screens are made of, anywhere between 80 and 90 percent of the sun’s heat and glare is reflected, absorbed and dissipated before it strikes the window. As a result, people with solar screens have reported their inside temperatures being lowered by as much as 10 to 15 degrees, resulting in savings on their energy bills by as much as 15 or 20 percent. They help save on heating costs in the winter, as well.
- Because of their energy-efficiency, you may be able to get tax credit for installing solar screens. You should check with your accountant or tax preparer about that possibility.
- By preventing so many of the sun’s dangerous and damaging UV rays from getting in, solar screens can prevent premature fading of furniture, drapes, rugs and carpet.
Because of the fabric and way home solar screens are made, they look dark from the outside, giving the homeowner additional daytime privacy and increased safety. At the same time, outward visibility is not only maintained, but some say it’s even better than without the solar screen.
Solar screens come in a variety of colors, so they look good no matter what color your home’s exterior is.
Solar screens prevent insects, dust particles and other debris from getting through and into your home.
Where to Buy
You can order solar screens from window manufacturers or home improvement stores and have them professionally installed. Or you can buy solar screens online by following simple measuring and ordering instructions.