Buyer’s Guide: How Much to Save and Why Your Windows Need Sun Screens

window sun screens buying guide

Unless you live in only a handful of places in the world that naturally maintains 70-degree weather year-round, your home requires heating and cooling systems to keep you comfortable.

If looking for a way to reduce your monthly bills while keeping your home comfortable, sun screens may be a solution. See our window sun screens buying guide below or contact Superior Sun Solutions at (480) 947-3070 to discuss your options.

What Are Sun Screens?

Sun screens, also referred to as solar screens, are stainless steel with screen meshes made of various materials such as fiberglass, polyester, or PVC. They are an after-market addition to your windows designed for placement within existing window frames. They are usually placed on the window’s exterior but can be placed on the interior if needed.

Arizona home with sun screens

What Do They Look Like?

Sun screens come in different styles, colors, shapes, and sizes. Finding the right one for you depends on your aesthetic and efficiency needs.

How Do They Work?

The mesh screen blocks sun rays and heat from reaching your window. Less heat penetrating results in the home remaining cooler. Estimates indicate that sun screens keep your home an average of 15 degrees cooler in the summer.

If the home is cooler, the AC unit does not have to work as hard or as long to maintain an ideal temperature, saving you money on monthly utilities. On average, homeowners can reduce their utility bills by 30% with sun screens.

In the wintertime, sunscreens buffer out the cold. Keeping the cold out while maintaining the heat means spending less on winter heating.

What Determines How Effective Sun Screens Are?

Our window sun screens buying guide can help you make the right choice by helping you identify factors that contribute to sun screen effectiveness, including:

  • Size of the window

  • Orientation of the window to incoming sunlight

  • Local climate

  • Whether or not there is insulation in the window

Oversized windows allow more sun and heat to enter than smaller windows. As a result, sun screens are more effective on smaller windows.

Not all windows in a home have heavy sun or wind exposure. For example, if a window is facing North or South, has awning or roof coverage, or has nearby trees, it may not need a sun screen.

Live in an area that regularly reaches extreme temperatures, such as 100 degrees or more in the summer or negative temperatures in the winter. Sun screens may not be as effective. Solar screens always help, but homeowners may not feel the direct impact at those extremes.

home with motorized retractable sun screens in Phoenix, AZ

Additional Benefits of Solar Screens

In addition to saving on monthly utilities, sun screens add value to your home. They provide a beautiful, seamless appearance different from what you might get with overhead awnings. Because they come in various colors, sizes, and fittings, it is easy to find a style that compliments your home’s look and boosts curb appeal.

Sun screens have several additional benefits, including:

  • Sun screens are a barrier to dirt and debris that typically build up on windows. This barrier reduces frequent window washing.
  • Sun screens protect against damaging UV rays.
  • Made out of screen materials such as fiberglass, they are similar to pet screens and resistant to scratching and tearing.

Sun screens are a cost-effective way of keeping your home cooler year-round. They cost pennies on the dollar for installation compared to other options. In addition, the installation process is easy, whether you do it independently or with a technician.

Other Factors

Although sun screens reduce the heat in your home and save on monthly expenses, they are not the most energy-efficient option. Our field technicians at Superior Sun Solutions can discuss all energy-efficient alternatives.

Sun screens are susceptible to the elements. They can be damaged, torn, or removed entirely by storms or heavy weather, particularly when improperly placed.

The fine mesh screening fabric designed to help keep out heat and cold also inhibits natural airflow. If you like to open the windows for fresh air, this may be worth considering.

Understanding How Sun Screens Can Help You

Sun screens are a cost-effective solution that can save you approximately 30% on monthly utility bills and keep your home around 15 degrees cooler in the summer. For more information about our window sun screens buying guide, visit or contact us at (480) 947-3070.


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