Do solar screens really save money? How effective are solar screens? Do solar screens help lower energy bills?

Do solar screens really save money?

Solar screens are all about shade. All about shading a window from the rays of the sun. Your glass gets hot from the rays of the sun baking them. The heat from the hot heated up galls then radiates into the home.

Here’s an outstanding video I made that explains the benefits of using solar screens to shade your home’s windows.

Solar screens simply put are external shading devices for you windows to provide shade for your windows from the ray’s of the sun.

Are there other benefits to solar screens?

Will a solar screen help in the Winter?

No, solar screens are not used as insulating devices. That is not what a solar screen is for, nor will it work for. So if you read on a website that a solar screen will help to keep the warmth in your home during the winter, that is a fallacy.

Will solar screens help with noise levels?

I have had one customer tell me that he felt like the solar screens helped keep his place quieter. While he believed this, I don’t find any validity to that statement. I believe that he feels this way, but I just don’t see any way that they can help with noise levels. I don’t believe the solar screens will help reduce outdoor noise.

Will solar screens keep the birds from flying into my windows?

They will. The solar screens will eliminate the reflection the birds see from an uncovered window. It is that reflection that birds see when they are flying and think they are flying into what they see, the reflection is eliminated. Here are some other ways without using solar screens that you can do to help keep the birds from flying into your glass.

Can solar screens keep the golf balls from breaking my glass?

They will only if you install them a good 5+ inches off of the glass. The solar screens are strong enough to repel the golf balls. They will act like trampoline of sorts. The ball will bounce off the fabric, but not without first the fabric giving, just like a trampoline does. If you have stone or brick around your window, you can easily enough build a wood box out of 1×6’s that frame around the window, then attach the solar screen to that wood box. Aside from that you would need to create spacers, like using a thin metal tube, with very long screws that would get you into the window frame. The tube would act as the spacer.

Will solar screens keep my new artificial turf from getting burnt?

100%, absolutely. The solar screen mounts on the outside of the window, so yes it will keep the reflection from the sun off your glass from occurring.

How effective are solar screens?

Extremely effective, as they provide exterior shade for the windows in either the 80% fabric or the 90% fabric.

Here are two great photos that show the 80% and 90% fabric and the shade that you get from each.

Comparing the 80% and 90% fabric solar screens.
Comparing the 80% and 90% fabric solar screens.
Showing the shading difference between a 80% and 90% fabric solar screens on a textured surface.
Showing the shading difference between a 80% and 90% fabric solar screens on a textured surface.

Do solar screens help lower energy bills?

We get asked this all the time. It’s impossible to give exact amounts, like percentages, as every situation is different. Every home has a different number of windows, different number of windows that face West, different sizes that face West. Different types of windows. And for sure a different quantity of windows. You just can not blanket’ly say the solar screens will reduce your utility usage by 30%, as many sites out there do. That’s just irresponsible rhetoric.

How Energy Efficient Are Solar Screens?

Here is an outstanding Email we received from a customer that we put solar screens on for a year+ back.

Hey Josh,

I’m writing to share our success story with your solar screens. We are seeing tangible electric savings in the hot summer months. Below is a screen shot from our PEC usage analyzer. You can see that we have dramatic usage drops in June, July and August of this year. This is with no other conservation methods or usage pattern changes. We can largely attribute the reduction in electricity usage to the solar screens. And this is turning into real money. We have saved between $150-200 per month in Jun-Aug. We’ve also seen smaller savings in other months as well. At this rate, the screens will pay for themselves in less time than I anticipated.

In addition, my wife and I are bird lovers. Prior to installing the screens, we would have numerous bird strikes on our windows. No more. The birds that we feed appreciate your screens as well. ☺

Thank you!

John Decker

in addition to this testimonial, we have hundreds and hundreds more on our website found here.

Solar Screens very much are effective at reducing your energy consumption.

Solar screens work !!!

Can I get solar screens for my patio? To help shade my patio? Yes, you can and they are called Exterior Patio Roller Shades, and we manufacturer them right here in Austin TX.

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