We are not going to lie. We love solar screens!
Solar screens have been creating their top notch gear since 1998 and they have been popular here in Western Australia.
Started In Queensland, the family-run team has built and designed their composite material to ensure light and heat doesn't penetrate the many layers. Similar to Western Australia, Queensland sees incredibly hot temperatures and harsh sun that heats up vehicles and destroys the interiors over time.
The Solarscreen was born to keep vehicles cooler. No more burning your hands on steering wheels, seatbelts or hot leather seats.
Using a fancy material to cover your windows and windscreen sounds nice and all but what does it achieve?
Well, simple, it keeps your vehicle substantially cooler than the ambient temperature outside. So rather than jumping into your vehicle and it being 10 degrees hotter than the outside temperature it is actually 10 degrees cooler than the outside temp. You will be jumping into your car to keep cool when you have a full set of solar screens in place. We have tested them in temperatures up to about 45-50 degrees and seen a substantial difference Vs cars without them.
Inside the material, multiple layers of mylar and polyethylene insulation prevent heat waves (infrared) from passing through the Solar screen. These waves of light, Visible, UV & Ultraviolet all have the inherent ability to create heat, so rather than allowing these lightwaves into the vehicle, the Solar Screens bounce them back out. Add this to the fact that each set of solar screens is designed to perfectly fit the window, no light enters the vehicle and therefore no heat from light.
Note: Your vehicle can still get "warm" as heat can still be absorbed through the metal panels and travel through the air.
There are a few extra upsides to the solar screens that are less commonly talked about;
As well as keeping light out of the vehicle, the same reflective properties can allow you to keep heat in the vehicle. If you sleep in your vehicle this could be a massive upside for you. Often heat will dissipate through the glass of the windows at night making your vehicle cold. The Solar Screens will stop the warm air from inside the car from interacting with the cold air around the glass. Win Win for everyone.
The by-product of the hot and cold air not mixing means that condensation is not created. This stops those pesky water drops from getting down into the cracks of your windows, or worse, dripping on you in the middle of the night.
Solar Screens come in a number of "packages"
The Touring set is one of our most common sets. It essentially covers everything behind the driver. This option is a great solution if you are travelling most days, or if you have a lot of gear in the back of your vehicle. A fridge will also be much more efficient if you are able to keep the ambient temp of the vehicle down.
As the name suggests this is a complete set with all the glass in the vehicle having a cover option, from the windscreen to the back of the vehicle. Obviously, you wouldn't have all the screens up while driving but if you are stationary for a few days at a time you can set them up and allow them to do their job. Also great if you sleep in your vehicle and want to have some added privacy or just like it really dark when you sleep.
The Cargo set is a great solution for covering the rear of your vehicle. Keeping the sun out of the cargo areas of the vehicle allows them to stay cooler and offer a more stable and comfortable temperature. This set is lesser known but is a great set for families or people that still want to have the rear passenger windows clear.
This one is pretty self-explanatory, it is a small thing piece of solar screen designed to sit at the bottom of your windscreen to reduce the light that is streaming in and heating up your dash and slowly destroying it. This piece is small enough that it can be left on while driving without causing any interference with your view of the road. Only available for certain models though, usually ones with straighter screens.
The Solarscreen sets come with;
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