Disadvantages to Blinds, Drapes and Curtains
Blinds, drapes and curtains are commonly used in homes and businesses to reduce heat gain, minimize sunlight and glare and increase privacy. They are available in many colors, styles and textures, but they have their limitations.
Blinds, for instance, help reduce visible light and glare, but they do not prevent solar heat from coming inside. They also do not block UV rays or reduce fading. Blinds are deceiving because they reduce visible sunlight in the room, but they capture and radiate solar heat from the glass and expel it into the room. Many homeowners and businesses don’t realize that their electric bills are high because of the heat gain and energy loss.
Drapes and curtains are alternatives to blinds, and they do a nice job of creating privacy and reducing visible light. Unfortunately, they do not reject solar heat or block UV rays. You will also notice over time that drapes and curtains fade in color. This happens from the UV rays that seep through and cause fading on all types of surfaces, from fabrics to flooring to furniture.
Keeping Window Treatments Clean is a Chore
Another gripe about blinds, curtains and drapes is that they get dirty. You’ve probably seen the dust build up on blinds and curtains. Blinds are especially tedious to clean since you have to go one by one to remove the buildup. If they are particularly dirty, the blinds need to be taken down and soaked. Curtains can often be washed in the washing machine, but they too need to be removed from the wall. If they aren’t cleaned, they end up looking dirty and dingy, and they can wreak havoc on your allergies.
Solar Window Film Deals with Problems at Their Source
Though the above window treatments are the popular go-to sources for window treatments, there is an alternative that is affordable, decorative, hygienic and far more effective than blinds or drapes. It is solar window film.
Window film is easily applied to the inside of the windows, and it is completely maintenance free. When you hire a company like Arizona Solar Control, you have access to a wide range of window film products that are installed by our professional team. This eliminates the chance that the film will bubble or peel over time.
Window film takes care of everything, too. It blocks 99% of UV rays and prevents flooring, fabrics and other belongings from fading. It rejects up to 78% of the sun’s heat, eliminating hot spots and heat gain. Imagine being able to watch TV without a glare or complete a day’s work without sitting in a hot spot. Window film also increases privacy and security. If the glass were to break, it would be held intact by the film.
And, before you think that window film isn’t nearly as attractive as a nice set of drapes or curtains, think again! Decorative window film is available in a wide range of colors and patterns to suit your taste. It is affordable and can be easily removed, leaving behind no damage.
Most importantly, window film addresses concerns at the source. Rather than investing in blinds or curtains that only do half the job, why not choose a final solution like solar window tinting?