What are solar shades (blackout blinds)?

Solar shades are roller blinds or roller shades that are manufactured using a special sunscreen fabric designed to reduce glare, heat and UV rays from the sun. Sunscreen fabric also provides some daytime privacy and allows you to maintain a view to outside when using a fabric desity of more than 0%.

 


A. Transmission: The amount of light transmitted through the fabric

B. Absorption: The amount of light absorbed by the fabric

C. Reflection: The amount of light reflected by the fabric
Solar shades can absorb up to 95% of solar heat and  reflect up to 100% of sunlight and UV rays, depending on the tissue density.



There are various benefits of having the motorized shades instead of the conventional roller shades. Nowadays buildings and houses are designed with bigger windows which means increased need for convenient and aesthetically pleasing shading solutions and motorized shades provide a perfect solution for this. No more unpleasant, or sometimes even dangerous, chains hanging from your blinds or windows that are hard to reach. With our motorized shades you can operate your shading system with a press of a button by using our heicko design emitters with stainless steel finish. One remote control can operate multiple motorized solar shades at the same time. You can also you control your solar shades with heicko e-Smart Home system via free mobile application (Android or iOS).

 

How to reduce heating or cooling costs with shades?

When properly installed, window shades are one of the simplest and most effective ways to save energy. Mount them as close to the glass as possible to create a sealed space that minimizes both heat gain and loss. Light-colored fabrics will reflect the heat of the sun in summer, while dark fabrics will absorb the heat from the sun during winter.

e-Smart Home System via kostenloser App für Android und iOS steuern.

Why to choose motorized solar shades?

There are various benefits of having the motorized shades instead of the conventional roller shades. Nowadays buildings and houses are designed with bigger windows which means increased need for convenient and aesthetically pleasing shading solutions and motorized shades provide a perfect solution for this. No more unpleasant, or sometimes even dangerous, chains hanging from your blinds or windows that are hard to reach. With our motorized shades you can operate your shading system with a press of a button by using our heicko design emitters with stainless steel finish. One remote control can operate multiple motorized solar shades at the same time. You can also you control your solar shades with heicko e-Smart Home system via free mobile application (Android or iOS).

When to use solar shades?

Use sunscreen blinds when you want to see out during the day and to cut down the heat and energy loss on your windows. They are ideal for commercial spaces and living areas in your home.

How to choose the right fabric for your motorized solar shades?

There are a few things to consider when trying to figure out what is the best sunscreen fabric for your situation:

  • location
  • openness
  • visual appearance

Before looking into the aforementioned you need to determine your needs.

Determine your needs

Decide what your motorized solar shades need to do. Solar shades can reduce solar heat gain, reduce glare, provide some daytime privacy and filter natural light to brighten up the interior. However, no sunscreen fabric can provide all the benefits mentioned above.

  • Is your top priority lowering your cooling bills by maintaining a lower room temperature?
  • Do you want a combination of privacy and light control?
  • Or you need want to emphasize on your view out and glare reduction?
     

Location

A very important factor in choosing the right solar shade is knowing whether your window is facing north, south, east or west. You need to pay special attention on windows facing east (morning sun) or west (afternoon sun) as they are exposed to the most intense heat, glare and UV rays. The sun is not as hot or intense on the north or south facing windows.



Openess Factor

The openness factor represents the density of the weave and relates to the amount of light transferred through the shade. The common openness factors are 1%, 3% and 5%. The more percentage openness the sunscreen fabric is, the more you see outside, the brighter your room will be and the less it reflects the heat of the sunlight. A fabric with low openness factor reflects more heat and provides more privacy and glare reduction. A blackout shade means 0% openness and it offers the best privacy and protection from the heat but it will also make your room completely dark.

Fabric colors

When choosing the sunscreen fabric for your motorized solar shades it is important to understand that the color is not only a visual aspect, it’s also functional. Light colors reflect more heat from the sun so they are better for cooling the room. Light colors also brighten up the room. Dark colors offer superior visibility and the best glare reduction but they also absorb heat which will warm the interior.


 

Colour recommendations

Choose your fabric based on your needs. If you want to:

Cool your room: Use a light-colored fabric with openness of 5% or less. The lighter the color and the less open the fabric is, the better cooling effect you will achieve.

Warm your room: Use a dark-colored fabric with openness of 5% or less. The darker the fabric the more heat is absorbed from the sun and transferred to your room. The less open the fabric the better insulation you get from a sealed space between the window and the shade.

Maximize your view: Use a dark-colored fabric with openness of 5%. The darker the color and the more open the fabric is, the better visibility you will achieve.

Minimize glare: Use a dark-colored fabric with openness of 5% or less. The darker the color and the less open the fabric is, the less glare you will get.

Brighten your room: Use a light-colored fabric with openness of 5%. The lighter the color and the more open the fabric is. The brighter room you will get.

Protect your furniture form UV: Use any of our sunscreen fabrics with openness of 5% or less. The less open the fabric, the better is your UV protection. Our sunscreen fabrics with openness of 5% will block 95% of the UV rays.




Motorized solar shades with beige color and 5% openness installed for a customer who wanted to reduce glare and heat gain while preserving the beautiful sea view.