Unparalleled Heat Control
Heat enters buildings through the infrared spectrum of sunlight. Even low emissivity glass allows most rooms exposed to direct sunlight to heat up. Halcyon Shades reflect infrared light back out the window before it can be absorbed by walls and furnishings and give off heat. Halcyon Shades, made from metalized film developed for the space program can be retrofit to any building and reduce energy by reducing demand on HVAC systems.
• Rejects up to 97% of solar heat gain
• Eliminates 99.9% of harmful ultraviolet (UV) light
• Eliminates glare by 97%
Radiant Barriers For Beginners
Radiant barriers are made of materials like Halcyon's MPET shade film that reflect the infrared bandwidth of light before it can slow down and turn into heat. When light moves at the speed of light, all of its energy is used up by its motion. When light strikes something and is absorbed, it cannot move at the speed of light. The extra energy has to go somewhere, so as it passes through the object that has absorbed it, it gives off heat. This is why a black leather sofa in a sunny window can get so hot that you cannot sit on it. Insulation materials absorb heat, but because they are poor conductors of energy, they slow heat transfer, but they do not eliminate it altogether. Eventually, heat passes through insulation. Infrared light, however, bounces off of radiant barriers, before it slows never allowing heat to occur in the first place. This is how the famous Thermos™ bottle works. If you fill it with warm liquid, the heat trying to escape the liquid bounces back into the liquid keeping it warm all day. A cold drink stays cold because heat from outside the container is bounced away from the liquid. For more on radiant barrier technology click here.
Technology From The Space Program
Halcyon Shades are made of a thick, durable metalized polyester film that is often embossed to provide texture and avoid sheen. Originally developed for the space program, its heat reflecting properties are similar to those found in a Thermos™ bottle. This means that Halcyon Shades do not block heat, they literally reflect it. This keeps unwanted heat out in the summer and furnace heat in during the winter. Halcyon Shades are a four season solution to thermal control. With our optional side rail systems, they can even be used to seal up drafty historic windows. All Halcyon Shades are commercial grade regardless of who orders them ... and all Halcyon Shades are made in the USA.
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One of the biggest advantages of Halcyon Shades is that most well managed applications pay for themselves with energy savings in three years or less. In houses with typical forced air HVAC, your thermostat will manage the lower energy load. In commercial applications, however, this savings depends on setting back the output of HVAC systems and not just lower thermostats. Most commercial systems are "always on" and do not save energy by lowering in thermostats. These systems must be "set back" in order reduce energy draw. Halcyon Shades save money year round by reflecting heat away from building interiors in summer and retaining heat in the winter. Saving energy is not good for the planet; it's good for your budget.
Syntropy Building Systems
P.O. Box 300254
St. Louis, Missouri 63130
Telephone: (800) 734-1727
Facsimile: (314) 721-1198