For many of us (especially those of us living in the southwest), one of the most dreaded monthly bills we receive during the summer months, is the spiking electric bill due to our air conditioners working hard to keep us cool. And in various parts of the country, being cool is not just about being comfortable, excessive heat can be a health hazard.
A big part of why our AC units seem to be constantly kicking on during this time of year is due to radiant heat getting into our homes or offices and building up. And one of the main areas where the heat enters a home or business is through our windows. Yes, windows are awesome for providing natural light into a room or area, but they can be problematic because of the intense solar heat that accompanies that natural light.
As the sun is at its lightest and brightest in the summer, this heat buildup often becomes most noticeable from May to September but is likely somewhat present on any unusually warm day. So, we contend that during any warmer months, it is important to find ways to reduce this unnecessary heat build-up whenever possible.
Finding eco-friendly ways to battle heat buildup efficiently can significantly reduce our energy consumption costs. As we eluded to earlier…while an air conditioner can help keep a home or business cool, the price of using air conditioning to battle indoor heat buildup can be pricey. Not to mention, using unwarranted energy, which also has adverse effects on the environment.
So, what to do?
While there are several ways to battle this added influx of heat caused by sunlight on windows, some are more effective than others.
For most homeowners and business owners, the use of blinds, curtains and window shades are their frontline defense against window heat brought on by the constant exposure to summer sun. However, each of these window coverings only provides a basic layer of protection and shade from inside the room they are installed in.
While the window area is covered, the window itself is still taking on heat which it then projects into the room by way of radiant heating.
Rollashield’s Rolling Shutters and Shades
That is why using an exterior covering for a window can be one of the most effective ways to decrease window heat buildup. One of the most popular exterior window protection solutions is the use of exterior rolling shutters and rolling shades. Widely used in Europe, ocean areas and in tropical regions, rolling shades have become an increasingly popular defense against radiant heat accumulating in a room here in the United States.
Exterior rolling shutters provide heat reduction by significantly reducing the amount of solar energy entering a home or business. The protection they provide, substantially helps reduce radiant heat in every room they are used in and significantly reduce air conditioning costs. Through the use of Rollashield’s roll down screens and rolling shutters, users can adjust their light exposure to allow for varying amounts of light and heat to enter a room depending on their needs and time of year.
Studies have shown that using products like rolling shades and rolling shutters; users can reduce the amount of heat entering a room by as much as 60% during the peak of the daylight. This means that rolling shutters provide heat reduction that helps reduce air conditioning costs and energy usage by up to 60% as well. In addition to reducing the amount of heat coming into your home of office, these exterior coverings also act as an insulator and will keep the cool air in. And in the winter, they are great for reducing heat loss inside a room as well. Overall, cost savings by using rolling shades for an average home can be equivalent to over a thousand dollars a year in home energy expenses and much higher for commercial users.
For those who have varying sizes of their window and doors, Rollashield’s rolling shades and shutters are custom fit to accommodate any window or door size in either a residential or commercial use scenario.
There are also are various and easy to use controls for both. From a manual crank box, to a fully automated and motorized remote that you can control with your smartphone. Making reducing the heat into your home or office as easy as pushing a few buttons from wherever you are at.
While both roll down shades and rolling shutters are great at reducing heat and adding additional privacy to your windows and doors. Rolling shutters have the added benefit of providing extra security for the home or office. And for businesses that have large display windows, this added layer of protection against break-ins is preferred over using unsightly bars on your storefront windows.
When adding it all up, it simply makes sense to add exterior shutters to your home or business. An investment that will pay for itself over time while reducing energy costs AND providing added security.
People literally spend thousands of dollars every year taking measures to increase the security of their homes. An investment few balk at as our homes contain our valuables and, more importantly, our loved ones. The most common security purchases include alarm systems, monthly monitoring, security screen doors and additional exterior lights. And while these are all good additions to improve the security of your house, the fact of the matter is that they all pale in comparison to rolling security shutters.
In and Out
Why? Quite simply…time and ease of entry. While alarm systems and additional lights around your house may deter some criminals from attempting to burglarize your home, an experienced burglar also realizes that the average police response time to house alarms is greater than 20 minutes. They also know that they can be in and out of your house in less than 3 minutes. With an average 17 minutes head start, they have plenty of time to get far, far away with your valuables by the time the police show up.
In fact, one of the main goals for a professional thief, is to get inside the house as quickly as possible so that people don’t actually see anyone trying to gain entry to the house. A light is easy to unscrew or break so that it doesn’t illuminate an entry point of your home. And most people don’t become suspicious or think something is wrong when they see a light out, as they think it just needs to be replaced. When an alarm is triggered, depending on the proximity and diligence of your neighbors, it will either not be heard or written off as a false alarm.
Without an additional barrier, a burglar can be in your house through your window in less than 10 seconds. However, if your house has the added protection of security shutters the professional thief knows that it is not going to be an easy entry and certainly not a quick one. They rapidly assess the situation and deem it not worth it when there are houses down the street that provide the easy in and out element they are looking for.
Imagine the added comfort for those who have to travel out of town for work while the rest of their family remains at home. Imagine having the ability to shut your security shutters with a push of a button after seeing a new story about a rash of break ins close by or a suspect on the loose in or around your neighborhood. How much more enjoyable would it be to go out on a date night and leaving the kids with a babysitter and all your security shutters down and locked up tight!
It has been proven that those with rolling security shutters sleep much better at night than those without them. Ok, maybe that last statement isn’t “proven” but I sure know that I would be more comfortable having that added protection to my house and to know that I’ve provided a real security solution to protect my family.
Exterior rolling shutters provide many benefits. In addition to protecting your home or business, they give you privacy and sun protection. One of the biggest advantages of such shutters, however, is that they’re extremely energy efficient. This is one of the most effective ways to save money on energy bills.
The Importance of Energy Efficiency
More and more people are realizing the wisdom of making their homes and places of business more energy efficient. While energy costs fluctuate from one year to the next, it can be expensive to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are also environmental reasons to practice energy efficiency. Climate control systems use up valuable resources and may contribute to environmental problems. Energy efficiency makes sense for both personal and global reasons. There are many ways to make your home more energy efficient. You can invest in modern energy efficient appliances. You can use longer-lasting environmentally friendly light bulbs. You can get a smart thermostat so that you aren’t using any more heat or air conditioning than you need.
Insulation also plays a big part in energy efficiency. You should make sure your entire home is well insulated. In addition to this, you should make sure your doors and windows are protected from the elements. Some people invest in energy efficient windows. A simpler solution, however, is to get exterior, roll down shutters. In addition to helping you save money on energy bills, these type of shutters have many other benefits as well.
How Rolling Exterior Shutters Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
When you install high quality exterior shutters, you get insulation and energy efficiency without having to replace your doors or windows. If you live in a warm climate, you know how important it is to keep your home cool, both for personal comfort and to reduce air conditioning costs.
Roll up solar shades provide insulation and protection against the heat. Conversely, in the winter, shutters will help you retain heat and reduce your heating costs. You can use exterior shutters in a variety of ways. They can cover your doors, windows, patio or any area that you want to protect. You can reduce your energy usage by as much as 50 percent using these shutters.
You can, and should, do many things to make your home more energy efficient. Protecting your doors, windows and other areas from the sun and elements, however, is one of the best ways to cut down on your energy bills and enjoy greater comfort. There are quite a few advantages to using roll down up solar shades that you don’t find with other solutions.
Rolling shutters are one of the most effective ways to make your home more energy efficient. You can reduce your energy bills, be more comfortable and know you’re doing your part to conserve energy resources. They carry many added benefits as well, such as greater privacy and security. This is a solution that lets you avoid harsh sunlight whenever you want. No other option gives you greater control over your own space.