First, a small note on
heat energy. Keep this in mind when deciding which product to
install on your home: Heat energy can either be absorbed or
reflected. Once absorbed it changes from infra red heat to
energy wasting convective or conductive heat. This is what
happens when using a shade screen or interior window treatment such as
A reflective film changes the direction of the incoming infrared heat
and therefore does not absorb it. The results are cooler rooms, a
better view and NO maintenance.
Many homeowners install shade screens as a way of reducing energy costs
and sun damage. Through research using an infrared camera it has
come to light that a window with a shade screen is actually hotter than a window without
one. How can this be?
Although a shade screen is very effective at blocking the sun, it's
also very effective at absorbing the heat from the sun.
Since most screens are manufactured with close tolerances to fit the
window and installed tight up against the window frame, this creates a
solar oven making the air between the screen and the window hotter than
the air outside. If you have shade screens, don't throw
them away yet, simply put spacers between the mounting screws creating
a 1/2" space so air is not trapped between the screen and the glass.
Window films having a reflective surface, bounce this heat away
thereby effectively lowering the temperature of the glass and the
No fading, lower energy costs, more comfort