Just like its best to prepare for the winter months before they actually arrive, the same is true for getting ready for the blistering months of summer. Ordering and installing solar shades now will give you a leg up on beating the upcoming heat. Solar shades, sometimes called solar screens, dramatically reduce incoming UV rays, help to reduce the radiant heat coming in through windows and reduce glare, all while maintaining the view to the outside. Solar shades are a sleek and contemporary style for treating the summer sun we love, but need to control to make our homes comfortable with a sleek look.
The material used for solar shades has an openness factor which relates to tightness of the weave. Material with a looser weave will have a higher openness value, such as 15%, meaning it offers more view through but also allows more light to pass through. Conversely, a low openness factor blocks more light and provides less view through. Also, keep in mind that choosing a lighter color solar shade, such as white or cream, will reflect light, brightening and cooling the room. The view through a light colored fabric is similar to looking through sheer drapes. Darker colors, such as chocolate brown or black, will provide the best glare reduction and warm the room with ambient heat. Choosing dark colors allow for a better view to the outside and resembles a view through a tinted window.
In The Living Room
A popular room for solar shades is the living room. They won’t only reduce the glare in this room, but also provide much-needed protection for your art and other furnishings from damaging UV rays. If harsh incoming light is preventing you from relaxing and enjoying this social space in your home with your friends and family, solar shades are a simple solution to control the inflowing light and heat. The view to the outside will be preserved and the shades can always be paired with drapery to increase privacy in the evening with a level of sophistication. Another benefit of pairing with a set of drapery panels is that solar shades do not provide privacy at night when indoor lights are on and drapery panels can easily be drawn for complete privacy. Together, solar shades and drapery are versatile and extremely functional for both day and night.
In The Office
It makes it very difficult to work if you can’t see your computer monitor or are constantly having to refocus your eyes due to the glare from the windows. Solar screens are an excellent application for your home workspace to reduce blinding glare from the sun as you work, research or just relax. Whether it be a quaint home office or corporate headquarters in a high-rise in the sky, solar shades will help to create a comfortable space for productive work.
In The Kitchen And The Dining Room
Solar shades are a superb option for the kitchen windows and dining areas. It’s hot enough when you’re cooking that you don’t need the invasive sunlight heating up the room to an even more uncomfortable level. Also with the change in seasons, the patterns of the sun change. Some months it may be very pleasant to dine in your kitchen or breakfast nook with the shades up, but when spring and summer roll around, that sun may be just the right height to annoy you and prevent you from enjoying together time with your family. Solar shades cleverly cut down on the harsh light and help to control inside temperatures while still allowing you to observe the view with a minimal, modern window covering.
I know we are embracing the warm weather and the longer, luxurious days of light, but be proactive now to keep your home cool and comfortable this summer. It’s always a good idea to get ahead of the game, so get ready to treat the heat with solar shades!