Exterior solar screens absorb and dissipate a large percentage of solar heat and glare before it reaches windows and doors. This results in a more efficient and comfortable indoor temperature, more efficient air conditioning, and ultimately, energy conservation.
Solar screens can provide daytime privacy. Visibility through sun control screens depends on light location. Lighted interiors allow inward visibility at night, while sunlight during the daytime diminishes inward visibility, offering more privacy.
Glass tinting filters the light along with the UV rays. Solar screens reduce the volume of light without filtering. As the glass filters sunlight through the tint, it will maintain heat, which dissipates into the house, making sun control screens more effective than glass tinting for energy savings.
Yes, along with the heat that is absorbed by the drapes/blinds, they are also subject to UV damage. The combination of light-colored interior shades and dark exterior screens will provide optimum results.
To protect carpets, drapes, and furniture from damaging UV rays, the sun control screens should remain in place even during cooler months. However, if passive solar heat gain is desired in the winter months, the screens can be removed and stored until springtime.
While UV blockage is 65% to 90%, the visual transmittance is 14% to 40%, depending on the screening fabric selected. Light through the sun control screen is not tinted but it is reduced in volume, allowing good light with reduced glare.