Published on May 6th, 2014 | by Derek Markham


Press-In Window Inserts Made From Tinted Acrylic (VIDEO)

May 6th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Ecopreneurist.

shade grade window inserts

The sun’s energy is an amazing asset when used to grow food, heat water, or produce electricity, but it can be something to avoid in certain situations and during specific times of the year, such as when the summer sun is streaming in through the windows of our homes and heating them up. That solar heat gain can be a net-positive effect in the winter, when we’re trying to heat our homes to comfortable temperatures, but in the summer, that same solar heat can actually cost us more money by working against our air conditioning.

Shading windows can help cut cooling costs, but can also cut the amount of light coming into our homes, which is a drawback in terms of taking advantage of natural lighting and in keeping houseplants alive. A better solution for keeping homes cooler, while also letting in sunlight, might be these press-in window inserts, which reduce the amount of solar heat gain transmitted through windows by almost half, while also drastically dampening outside noise.

The Indow Windows new Shade Grade window inserts, which are made from tinted acrylic, are like putting storm windows inside your home, and can be easily installed or removed, thanks to the company’s patented compression feature. The inserts come in a range of tints, from museum-grade (which block 98% of all UV rays) to privacy grade (which block any details or defined shadows from being seen) to blackout grade (blocks 100% of the light), and not only reduce the amount of outside noise that can come in through windows, but also block drafts and add another barrier for heat or cooling loss (especially when used over single-pane windows).

“Sunlight through a home’s windows can dramatically spike temperatures. Shade Grade inserts have a soft green tint and still let in plenty of light while reducing solar heat through your windows by almost 50%. Enjoy bright summer light without sweltering heat.

Like all Indow Windows, Shade Grade inserts are custom-fit using our laser-measuring system and have an airtight seal. This can dramatically reduce outside noise by up to 50% when placed over single-pane windows.” – Indow Windows

These tinted window inserts can help home and business owners from having to replace their windows in order to stay cooler, stay warmer, or cut the amount of outside noise pollution, and because there is no hardware to install or modifications necessary to use them, they are perfect for historic homes and buildings.

Find out more at Indow Windows.

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  • Bob_Wallace

    A previous house had two very large windows and a sliding door that faced SW. The AC going full blast couldn’t bring the temperature down below 90 on some days in the living room. (And I wasn’t willing to pay that much for electricity.)

    The solution for me was to have some ‘solar shades’ made for those windows and the slider. Not at all expensive.

    These were large fixed windows. I just had some aluminum frames made with solar screen rather than “bug screen”. Put them up in the spring, took them down in the fall.

    Kept the heat out during the hot times and allowed me to get solar gain in the cool times. I often didn’t need a fire at night in the winter thanks to the Sun warming things up.

    Not recommending any product or store, but here’s an example from Home Depot…

    “The ultimate in shading protection, this fabric blocks up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat and glare before it reaches the window or glass. In addition to providing excellent sun control properties, this mesh also serves as an insect screen. It offers excellent outward visibility and is available in Charcoal and Silver Gray colors.

    Blocks up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare

    Improves daytime privacy

    Offers excellent outward visibility”

    • jeffhre

      Thanks definitely helps in my current planning ideas!

  • lukedog69

    this is a do it your self version of the 3M films. we had them installed and they really do reduce heat in without blocking visible light. price was cost effective

    • jeffhre

      I bought some of the film a few months ago – have yet to deploy it though.

      • Bob_Wallace

        Film works fine in some circumstances. We put it on windows in Bangkok and it made a huge difference.

        But that’s a place where one is never interested in solar gain. It’s never cool.

  • R.H. ChilliPaper

    Respect to the brave entrepreneur, but if you try to block the sun heat from inner side of a window, still most of sun’s heat stay trapped inside your room- part of heat rays is reflected, but most is absorbed and then re-radiated and dissipated by conduction to the surrounding- in this case room (air).
    What about ventilation when you need it?

    • jeffhre

      Ill put some on the inside in winter and outside in summer. Workable?

      • Gwennedd

        I like that idea…inside in winter and outside in summer I have a couple of windows that would work on, but the two main windows that have heat problems also need to be opened for ventilation, so another solution will have to do for those.

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