Solar Screens vs. Window Tint – Which is Better?

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According to a study conducted by the American Physical Society, 13% of your energy costs go towards cooling down your house. To help reduce this cost, we work intimately with people to sell solar sun screens. Sometimes, people go with window tinting as an alternative to sun screens.

When you’re dealing with so much of your monthly energy budget going to one item, you need to make the right choice. That’s why we’ve made this comprehensive guide to help people choose the best sun blocking. In the end, you can make the right decision and start saving money fast.

Window Tint

Window tints diffuse UV rays by bonding a thin film to the actual window pane. Window tints are often made from a combination of polyester and other dyed, metal-coated materials. Tints can also come in a variety of colors, offering your interior look more options.

Window tinting can:

  • Prevent photobleaching of your furniture
  • Reduce energy costs during the summer
  • Reinforce the structural quality of your window

Window Tint Limitations

Using a window tint could cause your energy bills to increase. Window tints offer the same UV-blocking throughout the entire year. If you’re blocking 99% of the sun in the summer, you’ll be blocking 99% of the sun in the winter. While your home will have to deal with less heat and light in the summer, you will have to compensate during cooler winter months by running your heater more. Also, by offsetting the amount of light coming into your home, you will have to turn on more lights, which could affect your energy bill as well.

Also, window tinting could void warranties on certain windows. Tinting is also not recommended for all types of windows, such as Low- E windows and double pane windows.

Solar Screens

A solar screen (sometimes known as a sun screen) is a fabric-based material, placed either on the inside or outside of a house, that blocks UV rays from entering the home. Solar screens can use a variety of materials, including polyvinyl, polyester, fiberglass, and more. Solar screens often look somewhere between grey and black.

Solar screens can:

  • Raise and lower to control heat and light coming into the home
  • Reduce heating bills during the winter
  • Come in a variety of opacities depending on your needs

Solar Screen Limitations

If you have interior sun screens, then the heat is still entering your home. Powerful sun screens will reflect the heat, but this still means heat is entering the home, which diminished the effectiveness of the solar screen. Also, if you have an exterior solar screen, it will be affected by the weather. It is estimated that, within 10 years, you will have to work on repairs to your solar screen. However, you can place a window tint on the inside of your home and it will be secure.

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