The sun here is not trivial. It’s intense almost all year round, as you know.

sun damaged carpetThe effects of the sun’s ultraviolet light is constant and destructive. Carpets and wood floors, especially, can endure permanent damage with just a little bit of regular sunlight exposure. Ultraviolet (or “UV”) light literally bleaches your floors and carpets.  The sun’s infrared light (“IR”) is where the heat comes from.

The extreme solution is not to have the sunlight come into the room, but a sunless room isn’t what most of us want.  Blinds, curtains, shutters or shades can help regulate sunlight, but the intensity of the Las Vegas sun can even damage these window coverings. Not protecting your floors and even your window coverings means thousands of dollars of repair work every couple of years.

So, what’s the solution?

Solar screens.

howsolarscreenswork-1The majority of sunlight striking an unprotected glass window passes through into the home, and a small percent is reflected. Solar screens reduce the amount of sunlight striking the window. Most of the sun’s heat is absorbed or reflected by the screen and carried away by convective air currents created by the warm screen. In midsummer, as much as 230 BTUs can heat up an unprotected square foot of glass. This is a scientific way of saying you can almost cook on unprotected glass that receives direct sunlight!

With solar screens from Las Vegas Shutter Company, up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare can be deflected and dissipated before it strikes the window.

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions about solar screens and how they can help your home and protect your home’s interior.  Ken can help you review all of your options and show you some samples.  He and his team have been installing solar screens, sun shade treatments and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

You need solar screens. They pay for themselves fast. Here are the facts.

The Problem

Windows create a pathway for solar radiation to enter the home as heat and light. This heat gain accounts for as much as a third of the cooling costs in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy use in the home is determined, in part, by the number and orientation of the openings.

Windows and doors create a breach in an otherwise well-insulated wall.

Retrofitting an inefficient home usually requires replacing windows and doors and adding insulation to interior walls, but there are other approaches that cost less.

The Solution

Solar screens on a window offers a significant energy efficiency without major construction.

These screens block unwanted heat gain while keeping your view outside as much as possible.

Solar screens are rated according to their “openness factor,” a measure of the degree of obstruction to the view.

Solar screens are made from a variety of plastics, generally gray to black in color. They are woven into a mesh that blocks some of the sun’s radiant energy while still allowing a view outside.

Limitations

Solar screens do alter the view outside, so you may want to consider installation options that allow a screen to be removable. You might consider an interior screen that operates like a roller shade, giving you the option in different seasons to either block the sun’s energy or allow it into the house to reduce heating costs, however, an interior screen only blocks radiant energy after it is in your house, so some of the absorbed heat is radiated back into the room rather than back to the outside.

Next Steps: Action Item

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions about solar screens and how they can help your home and reduce your energy bills.  Ken can help you review all of your options and show you some samples.  He and his team have been installing solar screens, sun shade treatments and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .

Plantation shutters are among the most durable window treatments and can last for years if properly maintained. However, their efficient design doesn’t mean you can completely ignore them after installation. Here are a few tips on how to keep your plantation shutters clean.

TIP #1:

Fill a container with about a half-gallon of water, preferably distilled water, although it is not required. For more difficult to remove dirt or stains, use a water-based household cleaner or add a small amount of mild soap or detergent to the water.

DON’T use chlorine based cleaners or other cleaners containing organic solvents. These can degrade the surface appearance and durability of the shutters.

TIP #2:

Use a soft cloth and dip it into the water and cleaner. Clean both sides of the shutters, watching for the small areas between strings that may be missed by the cloth and require extra attention.

DON’T use cleaning utensils with rough edges that may scratch or damage the louvers (slats).

TIP #3:

Dip a dry cloth into a new container of clean water and wipe all the louvers, or slats, of the shutters with the damp cloth. This will remove any remaining cleaning residue, which could reduce the durability of your shutters.

TIP #4

Dry the shutters with a soft, dry cloth. This is important even for synthetic shutters, but VERY important for real wood shutters to avoid warping the shutters from water absorption.

TIP #5

Call Ken Gregg if you have any additional questions.  He and his team have been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .