Using Solar Shades to Reduce Your A/C Costs

Using Solar Shades to Reduce Your A/C CostsYour windows are an open invitation for sunlight and solar heat to come into your home. During the summer, this can add extra strain on your A/C system, resulting in higher energy use and higher energy costs. With heating and cooling accounting for over half of the energy used in the average U.S. home, it pays to use solar shades to stop excess heat in its tracks.

How They Work

Made from a broad range of plastics woven into a fine mesh, solar screens are designed to block bright sunlight and solar heat from entering your home. These shades can also cut down on glare and block ultraviolet (UV) rays from coming through. You can choose whether to have solar screens installed on the interior or exterior of your windows, but they’re usually more effective when installed on the exterior.

The Advantages

The biggest advantage to using solar shades is that it helps reduce your home’s air conditioning demands, giving your A/C system — and your wallet — a much-needed break. Their UV-blocking properties also protect furniture and upholstery from premature fading and wear. You won’t have to worry about irritating glare during the mornings and evenings, either.

Solar shades are available in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and designs, making it possible to match just about any type of home decor.

The Drawbacks

There are a few drawbacks associated with heat-blocking shades. For example, permanently mounted exterior shades can give your view of the outdoors a slight tint. You can opt for interior shades that roll up when not in use, but they’ll only block solar heat after it’s passed through your windows. These shades can also be somewhat pricier than window film or other methods of blocking sunlight. However, the savings they offer when it comes to your A/C can make up for the initial cost over the long run.

Interested in using solar shades for your Long Island home? Contact the experts at Cool Power today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about solar shades and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.

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