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More information about Solar ShadesIf you want window coverings that will improve energy efficiency while at the same time preserving the view of the outdoors, solar shades are the ideal choice. You will need to consider a few factors when shopping for shades for your home. The information in this article should help you with your purchase decision.
Solar shades, or solar screens, are popular with many homeowners. These window treatments reduce solar heat gain and block the UV rays from the sun while still allowing views of the outdoors. This type of material is used to produce more than shades. Manufacturers use it in panel track blinds and vertical blinds as well.
Whether you purchase panel track blinds, vertical blinds or a shade, you will improve your home's energy efficiency. Reducing solar heat gain with any type of window treatment will save you money on the cost to cool your house. Solar shades are ideal for the windows in any room with a view. They are the best option for all the windows facing the ocean on a beach house so the view remains unobstructed. The material effectively prevents UV rays from entering the home. UV rays have the potential to damage furniture and carpets.
You have a choice of openness factors when choosing solar shades for the home. This can be tricky to understand. It is almost as if whoever created the rating system intentionally wanted to confuse people. The most common openness factors are from 3% to 14%. Most people have no idea what these numbers mean. You should take the time to figure it out so you can make an appropriate choice for your needs. The easiest way to understand what these numbers mean is to remember the higher numbers allow more light to penetrate the fabric. A solar screen with an openness factor of 14% allows the most amount of light through and provides the best view. A 3% openness factor allows less light through and is more difficult to see through.
Openness has an effect on privacy. Shades with a 14% openness factor may provide a better view of the outdoors but people outside will be able to look in. Visibility is even better after dusk if you have the lights inside turned on.
You will need to determine whether view through or privacy is more important to you when you make your choice. Individuals who demand complete privacy may want to consider another type of window treatment. Even shades with a low openness factor will not completely block the view from outside. A different type of window covering will be a better choice for homeowners who put a high value on privacy.