Solar screens are an effective remedy for homes and multifamily buildings that get too hot when the sun shines its brightest in the summertime. Solar screens offer a number of energy efficiency benefits that cost a lot less than expensive window replacements or other remedies.
Solar Screens Offer Air Conditioning Savings
In the Austin area, your air conditioning costs can be as much as 80% of your overall energy bill. For many homes, the effects of the hot sun and solar gain/heat buildup can make your home hot and uncomfortable. Solar screens offer a way to block the sun’s heat without giving up visibility and light.
How Do Solar Screens Work?
Like a traditional bug screen, solar screens are sized to fit over your windows on the outside. Solar screens are made from specialized material that acts as a filter for the sun’s rays. 1st Choice Energy uses Phifer Suntex solar screens because of their flexible options and durable design. The Suntex screen material is designed to allow minimally restricted views straight out your windows, while effectively blocking nearly 100% of the light from the high angle of the sun, especially during summer months.
Benefits of Solar Screen Shades for Austin area homes
When solar screens are installed, the difference in your home’s comfort is immediate. Since solar screens shield the sun’s heat from entering the home, your air conditioning doesn’t have to struggle to maintain cool temperatures. Even the most efficient AC system will be overworked if the solar gain through your windows is too high. As a result, more efficient operation translates into air conditioning savings!
Avoiding Damaging UV Rays
Your home’s furnishings will last longer when solar screens are installed. Solar screens protect rugs, fabrics and window treatments from fading from the effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The special screen material also will keep materials like plastics and vinyls from discoloration when exposed to UV rays over time.
Extra Privacy Paired with Good Looks
Solar screens are a bit like one-way mirrors: inside-out visibility is unhindered during the day, but outside-in visibility is greatly reduced. Many homeowners enjoy the consistent good looks that solar screens offer for the exterior of their homes. Our 1st Choice Energy multifamily building customers appreciate solar screens’ ability to present a uniform exterior to their property.