When it comes to home renovations, particularly in terms of energy efficiency, most homeowners focus on replacement windows. And while modern window replacement is a great way to drive down energy costs, another area that’s often overlooked but equally effective is solar screen installation. By blocking up to 90% of UV rays from entering your windows, they not only keep your home cooler and more comfortable, but also protect your drapes, furniture and other interior belongings from fading.

Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to add sun screens to your home improvement to-do list.

Block heat and dangerous rays without sacrificing light or visibility.

As mentioned, solar screens are effective in blocking out as much as 90% of the sun’s heat and harmful UV rays, which we all know is a serious issue – especially here in Texas. The problem is, when people see numbers like this, they automatically think that solar shades will also cut out the light or impact visibility to the outside. Thankfully, neither of these are true. Solar screens still let in plenty of outdoor light and do not impact outdoor visibility at all.

Use less air conditioning in the summer.

When your home absorbs less heat from the sun, the climate inside will naturally be cooler. And while we’re not saying you can cut out air conditioning altogether (after all, we do live in TX), with solar screens, you will likely not need to run your A/C as often or at as low of a temperature as you currently do. It may not seem like much, but this small change can really add up in terms of energy cost savings.

Protection from UV, even when the windows are open.

When the temperatures outside reach a more comfortable level, such as in the early spring or late fall, many home owners prefer to turn off the air conditioning and opt instead to open their windows. With solar screens, you can enjoy the fresh air from outside without having to worry about those dangerous and damaging UV rays entering your home. They can also help prevent insects from getting inside while your windows are open.

Far more effective than insulating or room-darkening drapes.

Homeowners often turn to specially designed window treatments to help combat some of the sun and heat in the hopes of lowering their home energy costs. Not only are solar screens more effective than these other methods, but they’re also much easier to clean and maintain. Plus, you’ll still be able to enjoy incoming light and outgoing visibility, neither of which are feasible with drapes, shades and window blinds.

Solar screens are surprisingly affordable.

Many homeowners are pleasantly surprised to learn how affordable solar screens can be. In fact, many of our customers have remarked about how they were able to save money on interior window treatments, which resulted in a lower investment overall. If you’re interested in learning more about solar screens or would like to receive a free, no-obligation quote, simply click here or pick up the phone and call us at (972) 420-4444. We’re here to help!