If you've thought about having film applied to your windows to reduce glare and block the sun, but you don't want to commit to a permanent change in the appearance of the glass, then solar shades are a good alternative. These offer some of the same benefits of window tint, but they operate just like regular window shades so you can adjust them throughout the day. Here are some reasons to consider having solar shades installed in your home.
They Control Glare On Computers And Televisions
If you spend a lot of time on your computer, you may battle glare from the morning sun unless you keep the curtains closed. When you install solar shades, you can open up the view to the outside while blocking glare so you can see a computer monitor or television without having to be in a blacked out room.
Solar shades come in different degrees of transparency. The more open the weave, the better you can see through the shade. You can choose shades that black out the room, or you can install shades that allow you to see through them so you can feel connected to the outside and enjoy the view. The view will be partially obscured, but you won't be shut off from the world.
However, the more open the weave, the less effective the shades are at blocking glare. Therefore, it's important to choose just the right weave to get the effect you want from the solar shades.
They Block UV Rays And Solar Heating
If there's a room in your home that's always too hot in the summer because of south or west-facing windows, then solar shades can help by blocking the sun. Doing this makes it easier to keep the room cool in the summer, and you might even notice a change in your power bill due to the reduced amount of solar heating in your home.
Solar shades come in different materials and colors. Black shades are attractive because they are the easiest to see through. They're like having sunglasses for your windows. However, black absorbs heat that could add a small amount of warming to the room.
When you're installing the shades on windows in full sun several hours each day, you may want to choose white shades instead. These stay cool while they reflect the sun.
Solar Shades Are Suitable For All Rooms
Solar shades have a unique appearance, especially when you choose shades with an open weave. They allow natural light to filter through while letting you to view the outside world. They come in a variety of colors, and they can be rolled up to stay out of sight when you want a clear view through the glass.
Solar shades provide privacy during the day depending on the tightness of the weave of the material. However, these shades don't offer privacy at night when you have lights on inside your house.
If you're looking for shades that block glare without blacking out the windows or shades that make your home more energy-efficient, solar shades are the answer. They are an attractive window treatment that's suitable for any room in your home.