SUN PROTECTION FOR YOUR HOME
Some Hot Ideas to Keep You Cool
While a little ray of sunshine never hurt anyone . . . well, not anyone who wasn't allergic to it, we still should be mindful of protecting our home's finishes and furnishings from it. Like human skin, the touches that beautify our homes, can also peel, crack, burn, blister, and become discolored. Particularly, if you live in a climate like we have here in sunny Florida. It's not just the sunshine that wreaks havoc, but also the solar heat buildup that can pack a disasterous punch like fading the colors of our artwork, floors, drapes, and other valuable and much loved surfaces and home decor. Steering clear of turning your house into a cave-like existence that racks up hefty electricity bills for lighting and monsterous cooling bills for air conditioning, while windows are locked down tight, can be quite challenging.
The great news is that is doesn't have to be that way and yes, you can go beyond the traditional look of awnings and pergolas. While newly built houses have an advantage of incorporating solutions into their design from the ground up, existing homes can resolve these issues with a little creativity and ingenuity. And no, that doesn't mean it has to be ugly or clunky. Best of all, some aren't in any way, disruptive to the beautiful views you may have outside.
One of the most effective methods of keeping a house cool is to be proactive. Stop the heat from building in the first place. The primary source of the build-up is absorption into the house through windows, walls, and the roof. Most everyone loves a house full of natural light pouring in. For many, it's the reason why they choose to buy one house over another. But let's not allow this heat and sunlight issue to overshadow what we love. Since a large percentage of unwanted heat in the home comes through the windows, let's tackle them first. Here are some terrific, innovative ways of keeping your cool when the heat the is on, with sleek cover-ups and other shady stuff.