Window blinds come in a variety of shapes with a variety of benefits associated to each. In an area as sunny as the Southwest, it may be a good idea to really put a lot of thought into the type of blinds you are purchasing for your home. The range of options for blinds available is huge and spans from wooden shutters to roller shades to vertical blinds to solar shades. With all of these options, it is pertinent to evaluate the area in which your home lies to decide what would be best for your home, style and safety wise. Long term cost efficiency is another important factor when choosing window coverings. So, what makes a custom solar shade ideal for living in the Southwest?
Solar shades keep heat and radiation from the sun out of the space employing them by deflecting solar energy. The sun’s energy attempts to enter through the window, where a portion is blocked by the glass. Whatever gets through the glass then goes on to hit the solar shade and another fairly large portion of this energy is deflected by the shade fabric and sent back through the window to the outside. By this time only a small amount of the heat from the sun is allowed to enter through the fabric, giving an incredibly fine-tuned heat blocking mechanism for the interior of the home.
The type of fabric used as well as the type of glass the window is made out of will play a role in exactly how much of the sun’s energy makes it through the fabric of the solar shade.
A clear view of outside is an incredible reason to invest in these window coverings. Considering the amount of sunlight blocked, being able to still have the amazing view your window alone has to offer is key in deciding which set of window adornments to use.
Maintaining an incredible Mountain or Bluff view in the southwest can be challenging on a sunny day due to the amount of light unwontedly streaming in from the outside. With solar shades, you can have the best of both; the incredible view associated with your home and adequately blocked sunlight. As mentioned before, the color of the solar shade influences aspects of how it works. A lighter solar shade blocks much more light and heat than a darker color because it is capable of reflecting much more light.
UV Radiation Infiltration in the home is cause for a host of concerns. UV rays are the part of the sun’s energy that can damage skin irreparably, as well as damage and sun bleach furniture. This is why adding solar shades to both inside and outside portions of the home is an ideal tactic in protecting both your family or residents and your furniture. The World Health Organization has posted that excessive UV radiation can cause skin cancers, and an amount too low can lead to skeletal diseases or vitamin D deficiency. Solar shades can be fully retracted or fully deployed for use and can be hung at any length in between because they are on a roller.
Solar Screens are a very durable and versatile solution for windows that will take a little more use. They are a great fit for many commercial applications like restaurants because it enables people inside to enjoy the view of sunset as they eat, while giving protection from the hurtful and annoying glare. Different transparency and color options can also allow visual access inside the building which creates an inviting facade perfect for a restaurant setting. Another commercial application perfect for Solar Screens is shown below in the Farmington Post Office, 20th Street location. Long vertical units had seen better days as they became warped and bent over time against heat and UV exposure. Its easy to see the difference in the After picture. Nice clean lines of the lighter color Solar Screens are consistent visual surface. This is a great example of a “less is more” situation.
Solar Screens can also cover larger windows-up to 10′ feet wide.
With all of these benefits comes the biggest one yet, long-term payoff. In some scenarios, the amount of savings via lowered energy bills can pay for the solar shades within the first two years of use. This can vary between locations, but understanding that the solar screen will more than pay for itself in terms of energy bills is essential when looking for window coverings. With all of the blocked heat, solar energy, and glare, it is impossible to need the use of an air conditioner in the summertime as much as would be normally expected.
On the flip side, the window coverings can also work in the winter to keep heat in, thus providing year round savings. Different transparencies and color will effect the heat retention of Solar Screens. Its important to decide what problems you want your window coverings to solve, and relay those problems or concerns to your consultant (Shane is pretty much THE GUY) during your in-home consultation and estimate so other options can be explored and make sure you get what you NEED and what you WANT. If you have some pretty close neighbors-and privacy is a concern, we may want to look at other options. However, if you’re closest neighbors have 4 legs and hibernate, Solar Screens may be just the ticket.
Deciding on solar shades for the home can be beneficial in many ways. A preservation of health for you and your family, a preservation of any furniture in or outside the home if guarded by the solar shades adequately, and a lifetime savings on energy bills for the home. At Affordable Blinds in Durango and Farmington, an expert will take measurements and speak with you to ensure you will receive the best set of solar shades for your home. All window blinds are custom made for your windows,to ensure a perfect fit every time-making them the absolute best for your personal needs. Sources: