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Shading the outside of your home can reduce the temperature indoors by as much as 20° F. on a hot day!
Block the sun before it enters your home!
Shading the outside of your home should be your first line of defense against summertime heat. In fact, shading your home with well-placed trees, shrubs and vine-covered trellises, or wide overhangs, such as patio covers, can reduce the temperature indoors by as much as 20° Fahrenheit on a hot day! Here are a few outdoor shading strategies to consider.
Awnings are back in fashion, especially Retractable awnings. They block direct sunlight and can reduce heat gain in your home up to 77%. They cut glare and help eliminate faded upholstery, drapes and carpet. They can increase the value of your home, reduce your air conditioning and heating costs, and they can operate with just the push of a button, making it easy for you to retract them to let the sun inside on cold winter days.
Retractable Solar Screens resemble standard window screens; however, they can block up to 85% of the sun’s rays from entering your home. Not only that, but they cut glare and allow air to flow into your home. But the benefits of solar screens don’t stop there. They also help reduce fading of your furniture, drapes and carpeting commonly caused by the sun’s rays; they increase your privacy; and they can be made to fit any window opening, including arches and circles.
Patio covers are a terrific addition to your home and yard. They provide shade to keep you cooler when you sit outside in the summertime, and at the same time they prevent unwanted sunlight and heat from entering your house. Like Retractable awnings, they help eliminate faded upholstery, carpets and drapes, and have the added benefit of increasing the value of your home. It’s good to keep in mind that patio covers are permanent — they may block the sun during every season of the year, including winter when the sun’s warmth helps to heat your home.
If you build a patio cover, check out a variety of plans and consider constructing one that will allow you to take advantage of the wintertime sun.
To keep your home as cool as possible during the summer, close your blinds to keep the sun’s heat outside. During the winter, open the blinds and let the sun shine in; on cloudy days and at night, close blinds to keep the warmth inside.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
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