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What are Solar Shades?

By Patrick Lynch
Updated May 23, 2024
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Solar shades are devices that are used to block sunlight in areas in and around the home. There are indoor and outdoor shades which are known by a variety of names, including sun screens. Regardless of their name, they are designed to block over 90 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Although their name might suggest a similarity to solar panels, solar shades are not designed to use sunlight for power. They do, however, lead to great energy efficiency within the home, because the need for air conditioning in the summer is greatly reduced. The privacy they can offer a home is another advantage of solar shades.

Interior solar shades come in a range of materials and colors, though it is important for homeowners not to choose something that looks imposing and unfriendly, which might alienate their neighbors. Shades that resemble aluminum foil might be a good idea in terms of practicality, but they do not offer much in the way of style. Homeowners generally should find something that looks attractive but still does what it is supposed to do.

It is possible to buy blackout shades that protect privacy and still keep a home looking fresh and colorful. It is best for homeowners to choose shades that match the home's décor perfectly, and with so many on the market, this usually is possible. The last thing a homeowner should want is for a home to resemble a prison cell during a sunny day.

Solar shades should make the most of a home’s natural light. This should, in turn, reduce the home's energy bill. This means that buying solar shades can be good for the environment, the home and the homeowner's wallet.

When buying solar shades for the outside of a home, homeowners should look for something that is practical. There are shades that can act like walls or curtains. These kinds of shades often can be operated electronically, with a single click being all that needs to be done in order to open and close the shades. Solar shades can be used to encourage people to get out of the house and into the yard on sunny days, thus causing less energy to be used indoors. There also are shades that act like canopies.

When purchasing solar shades, one should ensure that the materials used are resistant to wear and tear. They also should be stored carefully when not in use. They are an investment that can save money and reduce energy emissions in a home.

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