Solar Shades Reduce Energy Costs

Solar Shades Reduce Energy Costs
May 2014 Monthly Tip Eblast by John Watkins
Nashville Home Inspection

John-Article-May-2014-ImageThe sun can have both positive and negative effects on a home’s interior. The sun’s energy can be collected passively through solar panels and stored as electricity. But a hot sun can also over-power air conditioning units, resulting in high energy bills, as well as giving off UV rays, which can fade furniture, wall and floor coverings.

Interior solar shades are designed to reduce energy costs and lessen the degradation of a home’s design elements by blocking the light and heat that a home may absorb during hot weather months. In addition, solar shades will decrease glare while controlling the amount of light shining in the window or door. And solar shades still allow for a view outdoors.

These shades significantly reduce indoor temperature and lower utility costs by reducing heat transfer into the home. Depending on the solar fabric and tints as much as 90 percent of the sun’s heat may be blocked, potentially decreasing cooling costs as much as 40 percent.

With the advent of motorized solar shades, the shades are extremely easy to use and direct with the push of a button. Cords are eliminated, creating a clean look, and ending the hassle of tangled cords.

Solar shades also provide privacy. Homeowners can see out, but others cannot see in, increasing privacy. They also eliminate the fading of furniture, drapes, blinds, rugs and carpeting caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays. All of this while still allowing excellent ventilation.

These shades can be operated remotely with a transmitter similar to a television remote, or they can be controlled with a wall switch. Shades deploy quickly and easily, and are therefore much more likely to be used on a regular basis. The remote operation also makes these shades an ideal solution for hard-to-reach areas such as above counters, tubs or high foyers and second story windows.

Shades are controlled using an automation system covered by the shade head rail or valance. The motors that control the shades run on lithium batteries. The remote can power a single shade or multiple solar shades. Rollers are typically built with preset stops to prevent the shade from rolling too high or too low.

And for homeowners looking to come home to a shaded interior, software is already available to allow shades to be controlled remotely via the internet. Motorized window coverings can be placed into operation even when homeowners are away.

Source: John Watkins, Nashville Home Inspection, May 2014 Monthly Tip

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