Home Window Screens
If the sun blinds you in the morning or evening, install window screens to reduce the glare and keep your home cooler during the day. The sunscreens at Glass Doctor® of Heart of Texas block up to 70% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, but don't impede air circulation or sacrifice your view out of a window. In addition to allowing natural light to enter a room, the screen's tight weave provides privacy and a barrier against insects. Use the screen during the summer to prevent heat gains and in the winter to guard against heat losses.
Benefits of Window Screens
- Reduced cooling costs: Up to 30% of the cooling costs in a home are the result of solar heat gains. Screens are one of the most efficient and effective ways of reducing energy transfers and glare, as the mesh reflects the sun’s UV rays and absorb its heat. Screens can lower temperatures in your home by up to 15 degrees.
- Improved HVAC performance: Because solar screens reflect heat, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable. This translates into less wear and tear on the cooling system and lower energy bills.
- Prevent sun damage and fading: When sunlight shines through standard windows, it fades and discolors furniture, carpeting, curtains and other home furnishings. Solar screens block up to 90% of harmful UV rays while allowing natural light to enter a room, reducing the sun damage to your property.
- Economical upgrade: If you’re on a budget, window screens are an economical way to improve your home’s energy performance.
Safety and Security
Enjoy fresh air and prevent insects, rodents and other pests from entering your home with Glass Doctor of Heart of Texas’ screens. With over 350 reported cases of the West Nile virus in Texas in 2014, window screens are your first line of defense against pest-borne diseases. In addition to installing screens on the main windows throughout your home, use them on attic windows and sunroofs to keep insects and other pests from entering your home when you want to circulate fresh air.
Solar screens can also give your Waco home added security. Our security screens look and act like standard screens, but have the added benefit of keeping out intruders. The screen materials resist knife blades and impacts, and their frame locks the mesh into place.
A window screen’s thermal, optical and solar performance depends on its color and density. A Glass Doctor of Heart of Texas specialist will review the different options with you to meet your energy-related and aesthetic needs.
The highest performing window screens are made from fabric with metallic properties that reflect sunlight. In general, screens made of dark fabric provide the best visibility and glare reduction by blocking up to 96% of visible light. Light-colored fabrics have higher solar reflectance levels than dark solar shades, so they control heat well and allow more visible light to enter the room during the day.
At Glass Doctor of Heart of Texas, our custom home window screens fit most types of window shapes and sizes. Call us today to schedule a free in-home consultation with our Waco glass specialists.
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