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Economics of the External Shading System

Posted: Thursday, July 29th, 2010 | Filed under: exterior shades, Shading systems
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External shading systems

External shading systems

In some situations, it is best to use a shading system on the exterior of your home, rather than inside. Exterior shades block out the light and heat before they enter your home, so that you are one step ahead of the heat that increases your electric bill.

A central air conditioning unit can use as much as 3500 watts per hour, literally blowing away all other electricity users in your home. Since direct sunlight increases your home’s temperature by as much as ten to twenty degrees, it seems obvious that stopping that sunlight will decrease your need to run the air conditioner. The key is finding the perfect balance between solar screening and room darkening. Do not completely block out all natural light, or you may end up using more electric light, which can generate heat as well. However, solar screens are capable of blocking out sun-generated heat – as much as 60-70% – while still allowing ample light in the room.

External shading systems, such as retractable awnings, can not only beautify your home, but also create functional spaces from areas that were too hot to enjoy. Awnings can provide shade during sunny days and protection from the rain. Plus, since they are retractable, you can remove them for overcast days or those warm spring days when the sun is peeking from the clouds for the first time since last autumn.

Motorized controls for retractable awnings can be used manually, set to a timer, or linked to environmental conditions, such as amount of sun, wind, rain, or other factors. This is beneficial for individuals hoping to reduce glare, UV rays, and heat in the interior rooms of their home.

Reducing your electric bill is as easy as adding an eternal shading system.

Resource: http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/cooling.html

Decrease your Carbon Footprint with Window Shades

Posted: Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 | Filed under: Greener living, window shading, window treatments
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Proper shading can lower energy costs

Proper shading can lower energy costs

According to EarthEasy.com, air conditioners use up to 1/6th of electricity in the United States and peak at 43% during hot summer months. Think of the environmental impact if we as a race are able to lower those figures. The US Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling our homes through the use of furnaces and air conditioning units produces over a half billion tons of carbon dioxide. That is one massive carbon footprint. We all know that it is time for a change.

One easy, effective change to lower your effect on the environment is to use passive cooling techniques. The color of your house can certainly affect the temperature inside it. Pale, light colors reflect the sunlight and reduce heat absorption. Don’t forget the benefit of trees. Planting trees around your house can effectively lower your house’s internal temperature. Shade trees – such as poplar, ash, and maple trees – can grow into beneficial landscaping in just a few years’ time. A quick solution is the Royal Empress Tree, which grows as much as twelve feet in a single year.

Another simple passive cooling technique is effective window shades. We are not referring to the thick, heavy drapes that your grandma used. Today’s window treatments are lightweight and beautiful. While Shading Systems Inc offers black-out shades that keep all light out, they also offer privacy shades and solar shades. These options can allow you to monitor the amount of sun entering your home, while still controlling the amount of heat that comes in through the windows. This way you’ll still feel the sunny days of summer, without feeling it in your electric bill. Plus, you will be lowering your carbon footprint, and that’s beneficial to everyone.

Resources: http://eartheasy.com/live_naturalcooling.htm
http://www.fast-growing-trees.com/ShadeTrees.htm

Rolling Shades Vs. Folding Shades

Posted: Thursday, July 15th, 2010 | Filed under: Folding Shades, Roller Shades
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Roller Shades

Roller Shades


When choosing between rolling shades and folding shades there are many options to consider. Both shade systems offer stylish, contemporary options that will add beauty to your home’s interior design.

Folding shades are your best option if design is your focus. These window treatments are available in both custom fabrics and shapes, enabling you to create window shades that match your tastes and your rooms. You can alter the color or fabric style to match your unique style and create a look that is original and stunning. Further customize your shades by selecting from Roman, accordion-style pleated, or honeycomb shades, valences, or window shades that operate from the bottom up.

Folding Shades

Folding Shades

If function is your main concern, then consider roller shades. This window treatment provides a modern, minimalist look with three practical options. Roller shades are available with solar control. This feature, like sunscreen for your house, enables you to block out both heat and light. Depending on your needs, you can choose just a small amount of protection or maximum solar screen.

Roller shades also offer the option of privacy screening. Sometimes it’s more important to keep your private life private than keep out the sun. This window treatment system can allow an unfettered view of the outside world, while preventing those on the outside from peering in.

This window shade system provides even more versatility with the optional blackout shades. This choice is not about filtering sunlight, but rather completely blocking out all natural light. Perfect for sleeping late in your bedroom, these shades can turn day into night and are available in room darkening, blackout, or light-tight varieties, depending on the amount of light each blocks.

Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that you will receive the highest quality window treatment system with optional motor control technology. Both folding shades and roller shades are the best in beauty and ease of use.

Interior Shading Vs. Exterior Shading

Posted: Thursday, July 8th, 2010 | Filed under: Home cooling, Shading systems
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Exterior shading system

Exterior shading system

A window treatment system offers both economic and environmental benefits. While many claim that external shades are more efficient due to their ability to stop light and heat before it enters the home; you don’t have to use energy to remove heat that never enters the building. However, in many cases, external shades are inconvenient, ineffective, and just plain inappropriate.

External shades work best for skylights, sunrooms, greenhouses, and other locations that contain large areas with glass and windows. You can choose from exterior rollup screens, fixed panels, curving systems, or retractable awnings. The last option is also a popular choice for protecting decks, patios, or other outdoor living spaces. Retractable awnings not only shade the outdoor area they cover, they also cool the indoor room to which they are attached.

Internal shading systems come in a variety of designs and styles. They are available in folding shades – such as Roman shades, accordion-style pleated shades, and honeycomb shades – and rolling shades, which include solar shades, privacy shades, and blackout shades. Internal shades are available in a variety of fabrics and design choices, enabling you to match your shades to your style.

You can choose to completely block out 100% of all light with Light-Tight Shades, which seal the edges of the blinds to prevent light from seeping in. Block Out Shades do not have these side channels, but do offer darkening properties that can block up to 99% of natural light. For rooms that you would like darkened, but not necessarily completely light-free, you might consider room darkening shades. These shades substantially reduce natural light that enters a room.

Whether you choose an interior or exterior shade system, you will be happy with both the stylish look and modern functionality of your decision.

Resource: http://www.slideshare.net/sbd09/sun-shade-calculator-for-lahore