Interior Vs. Exterior: Best Window Shade to Keep the Heat Out

best window shade to keep the heat out

There are interior shading solutions for your windows and also exterior shading solutions as well. You may be wondering which are the most effective to keep your indoor spaces cooler in the summer heat of Arizona–especially when the outside temperatures reach 100 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit regularly. We can help you with this decision to make your home more energy-efficient.

How Do Window Shades Reduce Heat Temperature?

Window shades keep the hot UV rays of the sun out of your home to keep it a more comfortable temperature, and in turn, you save money on your cooling costs because you need less energy to stay cool. All types of interior and exterior shading products provide an extra layer of insulation to keep the heat out of your home. This is especially important if your windows are older and are not double paned for insulation. Window shades also help to keep the heat out by covering the edges of your windows in the window frame that may leak tiny bits of hot air into your home.

Exterior vs. Interior Window Treatments: Which is More Effective?

Interior Window Treatments

Any type of window coverings to reduce heat in your home is better than not having your windows covered at all. Common interior window treatments are draperies, shades, blinds, and shutters.

  • Draperies
    Draperies can help keep your areas cool, but you will need to consider having thicker drapery panels with heavier fabrics to do a better job instead of lacey and flowing fabrics. You can also select draperies with a thermal backing on them to add extra insulation to your windows.
  • Shades
    Window shades can insulate your windows when they are closed. Some of the best window shades are cellular shades, which are often called honeycomb shades because of the way they are made. They have tiny air pockets that trap the hot air in between two pieces of fabric, so the heat stays there next to the windows.
  • Blinds
    Window blinds can add some much-needed insulation to your home as well. Blinds can be horizontal or vertical and are made from several different materials. When you lower the blinds and shut the vanes tightly, it keeps the hot air next to your windows.
  • Shutters
    Indoor plantation shutters have great insulating properties naturally because they are made of wood, which is naturally insulating because of the fibers or faux wood which is manufactured to keep sunlight and heat out of your home. This interior window treatment helps to maintain cooler temperatures in your home when they are closed and the slats are tightly closed.

Exterior Window Treatments

Exterior window treatments for shading your home include solar screens and retractable awnings. The exterior shading systems are made from commercial-grade materials to withstand outdoor elements of rain and bright sunlight for many years. Exterior window shades don’t allow the sun’s heat to reach even the outside of your windows, so they are much more effective than interior window treatments. The idea is to block the hot UV rays so they don’t reach the glass in your windows because the glass then radiates even more heat.

  • Solar Screens
    Solar screens are very versatile for any outdoor space you want to be shaded, such as a porch, patio, or deck area, as well as your windows and doors that lead to this area. The screens are made with special materials that give you privacy so people outside of them can’t see your area. You can still see the outdoors perfectly from the inside of the screened-in area. Closing your solar screens in the evenings keeps insects at bay, so they don’t disturb you. Solar screens are also automated; you only need to press a button to open and close them with the motor. They are also available in several colors from which to choose, so you are sure to find one that matches the exterior of your home.
  • Motorized Retractable Awnings
    Motorized retractable awnings are a great exterior shading item. They are available in many solid colors and colorful stripes as well. When you open your awing with the remote control, it extends outward to shade your outdoor areas and the windows and doors underneath it. When not in use, a retractable awning’s fabric rolls up into a protective cassette where it mounts to your home. This keeps the fabric looking new and performing well for many years. Awnings provide you with up to 20 degrees cooler temperatures in their shade, and you can still get a nice breeze at the same time.

What's The Ultimate Combination of Outdoor Shading Products?

Tan awning with a hanging sun screen

You can create an outdoor area for entertaining and relaxing in the cool shade with the help of a motorized retractable awning plus solar screens. It actually will create a private area that can still get some cooling breezes, allow you to see outside easily, and give you the most sun protection possible to make your home more energy-efficient. Awnings work for any home because they mount to the house, and you don’t need any type of framework, such as a roof over your porch, patio, or deck. Solar screens can attach to your awning to give you even more protection from harmful and hot UV rays of the sun while protecting your outdoor furniture and your indoor textiles all at the same time.

Get Your Quality Outdoor Shading System with Superior Sun Solutions

At Superior Sun Solutions, our expert team has decades of experience matching homeowners with custom retractable awnings and solar screens that fit their needs. We have a wide selection of models available to our customers, so no matter what you’re looking for in a sun-shading solution, we’re sure that we have a system that you’ll enjoy. Let our Arizona team help alleviate your patio’s exposure to solar radiation so you can keep your cool. 

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