One of the best ways to improve energy efficiency in the home is to install new windows. Unfortunately, not everyone is in a position to make this financial investment. Windows are costly, especially if you’re looking for ones that provide added efficiency. It’s hard enough as a homeowner to spend this kind of money, but you really don’t want to get slapped with this cost on a rental property. It’s also possible that your home may not be able to physically support new energy efficient windows.
Whatever the case may be, you can improve efficiency in the home with solar film or solar screens, both of which give you a lot of bang for your buck. But what’s the difference between the two, and which one is right for you?
Solar film is a polyester-based film that is applied to any type of glass surface, which is why it works well with just about any type of window. The film reduces heat energy, making homes more comfortable. It also eliminates UV rays, prevents fading and glare and enhances privacy and aesthetics. Though some films can be applied on your own, it’s best to hire a professional installer because the films will be installed correctly, include a warranty and not be subject to bubbling or peeling.
Solar screens, on the other hand, are mounted to the exterior of the home and cover the entire window. Just as there are various darknesses of window film, there are various densities of window screens. The darker the screen, the more heat is absorbed. The trouble with solar screens is that they are not clear to look through and can be detracting.
Solar screens are also more maintenance. They need to be cleaned periodically, and this requires the screens to be uninstalled and reinstalled. Window film requires no special accommodations, aside from not using abrasive materials. Otherwise, you can clean the film normally. There are also more options available with solar film that are not available with solar screens. Plus, solar screens can be damaged in wind or rain storms, something that won’t happen with window film.
We hope that this information has helped you better understand the differences between solar film and solar screens. For more information about professionally installed window film for your home or business, call Arizona Solar Control.