Do you love your view but hate what the direct sunlight shining into your home does? From increasing your cooling costs to fading out upholstery and carpeting, direct sunlight making its way into your home can cost you quite a bit of money over time. The following are a few ways you can enjoy the view without the negative effects of the sun making its way into your home.
Put awnings over your windows
Awnings over the windows with exposure issues are an attractive way to solve the issue. There are two main options—retractable fabric awnings or permanently affixed metal or vinyl awnings. The main benefit of retractable versions is that you can put them away when you want the sun to shine in, such as during the winter months when the extra free heat is welcome. You can also adjust the angle of retractable awnings to better shade from the sun. Affixed awnings, on the other hand, require less maintenance, and they can be an attractive architectural feature for your home.
Plant a tree
You can use trees to provide seasonal shade as well. The key is to select a deciduous tree with a mature height that won't be so tall that the sun can shine beneath the canopy and into your home. The reason to choose a deciduous tree is so you can block the sun in the summer, but come winter the leaves drop and sun can shine in. Opt for an evergreen variety if you need to block sun in the summer and wind in the winter, and aren't concerned about winter sunlight coming into your home.
Upgrade your windows
You may not want to purchase new windows if yours are in good shape, but if you need new windows this can be an excellent method to block the light. Low-E windows are insulated to reduce temperature exchange between the inside and outside of your home. They also have reflective capabilities to help reflect away the sunlight. This means you can enjoy an unobstructed view while keeping the heat and the damaging UV rays out of your home.
Install window film
For a less expensive alternative to new window, consider residential window film installation. These films are completely translucent, so your view is unhindered, but they reflect the UV light rays as well as some of the heat. You can choose from differing intensities of tint, as well, so you can also use these films to provide some privacy while still being able to see out. A technician can install tint on every window in your home or just those that let in too much sun.
Contact a window service for more assistance on residential window film installation.