In Part 6 we described the completion of the EZ Snap solar blind installation on our test window. In this article we view the results from the inside.
First, let me begin by stating that the same day we completed the installation on the frames of the test window, I received the green light from Cath (my wife) to proceed to proceed to apply the product on the other south facing windows. That should speak volumes.
So I followed the same routine as previously discussed to install the adhesive studs to the window frames on the outside of the two other windows. The only difference was that I used 12 inch spacing vs the 10 inch spacing on the test window. Why? I saw how well the hardware held the solar mesh and proved to myself that 12 inch spacing was sufficient.
Now, first I want to talk about the interior temperature impact. It is still early spring here, so I can’t give you any mid-summer temperature readings. And, I am not a scientist so this is not what scientists and lawyers would call a ‘controlled experiment’. This is simply using what tools I have.
What I can give you are two things:
- First, the morning after I installed the material on the second window, my wife mentioned that she could feel the difference already in the family room (before we installed EZ Snap on the the large 8 foot wide by 6 foot high due south facing window). The chair she usually occupies is right up against the large south east facing windows which gets direct sun light in the morning.
- Second, while totally un-scientific, I ran my own test as described below
Now, in an earlier article I showed a picture (repeated below) of a digital temperature gauge which I had placed on the inside window ledge with the interior blind rolled down for 10 minutes about 7 weeks ago on a very bright sunny day in the window (if you look closely you can see the snow on the deck). Look at the temperature reading….. 99 degrees Fahrenheit. This was caused by the direct sun light and UV rays heating up the device itself. Yes, it was very hot to the touch.
Now look at the updated picture below. This is of the same digital temperature gauge placed for 15 minutes on the inside window ledge on an equally sunny day with the interior blind rolled down. The difference is that this time the window has the EZ Snap solar window blind installed on the outside window frame. After 5 more minutes it is reading only 84 degrees. And, yes, it is now spring so it is warmer outside as well.
What about our need to still see through the exterior solar blind. Well, you be the judge. What follows are several pictures. The first is prior to the EZ Snap installation with the interior blind down.
We are very, very pleased with this last picture. We can see out the window better than prior to the installation of EZ Snap. We did not expect this to be honest. We would have been very happy to have it the same. Go ahead…scroll up and down to compare the three pictures.
Now, notice in the last picture the top 2/3′rds of the window appears to be in shade. That is correct. So, when there is no direct sun the view outside is very clear. When the sun is directly on the window, as is shown in the lower part of the above picture, the view outside is still clear, but not as clear as when in the shade. It is clearer than in the picture above that has the interior window blinds pulled down.
Below is the last picture for this article. It is of the other two large windows in our family room. The one on the left faces south east and receives the full morning sun as it is in this picture. The window on the right is only part of the due south facing 8 foot wide ‘picture’ window.
What I want you to see is the level of visibility outside of the window of the left receiving the full morning sun. It has the EZ Snap fully installed on the outside window frames with the interior window blind not pulled down. The partial window on the right of the picture does not have the EZ Snap yet installed on the outside but does have the interior window blind fully pulled down.
Wow! The view is so much more clear on the left.
We are very pleased. Cath, my wife is very pleased. She feels the lower temperature already and likes the view outside. I like how easy EZ Snap was to install and the temperature reduction per above. We have more to say and write about regarding this product in a few days.
To continue with this series of articles on exterior solar blinds, simply select this link to Part 8. To see the difference this energy saving product can make simply review once more this solar blinds article.
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