Solar Shades: Protect Your View & Your Interior
When spring finally arrives, we want nothing more than to fling open our window treatments and experience the best nature has to offer. The problem: we don’t really want to experience everything nature has to offer.
As the flowers bloom and the temperature continues to rise, we shed our winter coats and shift the way we look at the world around us. The pale pallet of winter is traded for the warm and vibrant colors of spring. Because of this, we find our gaze drifting more and more to our windows for a quick glimpse of green trees, bright blue skies, and blossoming buds. And what do we find? Our view is obscured by our window treatments.
Solar Shades: A Better Window Treatment for a Better View
Over the cold winter months, we keep our blinds, shades, and shutters shut tight to better insulate our windows and keep us warm. When spring finally arrives, we want nothing more than to fling open our window treatments and experience the best nature has to offer. The problem: we don’t really want to experience everything nature has to offer.
- Debilitating glare can negatively affect the way we view computer screens, televisions, phones and tablets – causing unnecessary eye strain.
- Harmful UV rays can, over time, degrade materials, breaking down their molecular structure. This is most noticeable as your carpet and furniture slowly fades.
- As the days get warmer and warmer, the sun’s rays can also cause your air conditioner to work harder and harder. Windows by themselves are not terribly energy efficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows account for 25-40% of your annual heating and cooling costs.
Fortunately, the solution is quite simple: Solar Shades. “They are modern, sleek, afford privacy, and filter some light,” says Steve Corbeille, an interior design professional.
“Light is critical for our health and well-being,” says Dr. Victoria Revell, a chronobiologist at the University of Surrey. Too much sunlight, however, can sometimes be a bad thing. We’re talking specifically about glare, which can obscure screens, cause headaches, eye fatigue, and decreased productivity. The answer is solar shades. “These light and elegant shades block blinding sunlight yet let the good light through,” Rebekah Zeveloff, Interior Designer.
Filtered Light & UV Protection
“Solar Shades are the best invention,” says interior designer Shannon Kirby. “[They are] perfect for daytime to let the light in but keep the heat and harmful rays out.”
You see, sunlight is made up of ultraviolet (UV) rays (40%), visible light (25%), solar heat (25%), and other factors (10%). Solar shades let the good light through, but block heat and harmful UV rays. Solar shades actually block up to 90-99% of harmful UV rays.
“These light and elegant shades block blinding sunlight yet let the good light through,” says interior designer Rebekah Zaveloff.
Enjoy The View
“If you’ve got an amazing view, but your large windows bring in too much sunlight sometimes, rollers are the perfect solution,” says Mary Lou Ralston, who is talking specifically of Solar Roller Shades. These, along with our Solar Soft Roman Shades help reduce glare, while still allowing you to gaze out your window and take in the beauty of the great outdoors. “The material is usually a vinyl mesh which is available in varying degrees of ‘open-ness,’” explains interior designer Mike Strutt. “The more open they are, the more light they let in, and the more you can see through (both in and out).” For a visual of what that might look like, check out our Solar Opacity Chart.
It is not just a choice of light or no light; there are all the shades in between, so you can decide exactly how much sun you want in your [home].Sharon Renshall, CEO & President of At A Glance Decor