5 Tips for Shading Your Home From the Hot Summer Sun

Adding solar panels is certainly a timely means of using abundant sunlight to power and cool your home, but if you’re trying to find ways to cut down on the heat in your home to begin with in order to avoid cranking up the AC, you might be interested to know that shading your home is perhaps not as difficult as you might imagine. Not only are there several products on the market designed to meet your needs, but you can definitely get creative when it comes to lowering your interior temperature. Here are just a few ways of protecting your home from the hot summer sun that you may be interested in trying out.

  1. Landscaping. The trees surrounding your home can definitely contribute to lowering your indoor temperatures during the summer, provided you select the right ones. You’ll want to choose trees that are native to your region and that hold up well in summer temperatures as these are the most likely to provide your home with the shade it needs to stay cool. Since you’ll probably start from saplings, it behooves you to select a species that also reaches full height quickly (within the space of a few years, perhaps). But you might also want to look into drought-resistant options that will keep your watering bill low, as well. As a bonus, trees planted around your home can act as a windbreak in winter if you plant them in the right configuration.
  2. Rooftop garden. Not every homeowner has the option to plant trees around the house. Suppose, for example, you live in the city and you don’t have a yard to speak of, or there are abutting houses close on either side. If your residence is in a dense urban area, you might also have to deal with the urban heat island effect, which can make your home even hotter thanks to proximity to surfaces like glass, metal, and asphalt that radiate heat in your direction. Luckily, there is a great option that may be available to you: a rooftop garden. Greenery not only makes your home more attractive and provides you with life-giving oxygen, but when added to your roof it can help to lower your interior temperature. You just have to make sure it will work with your structure before you start tossing dirt on the roof.
  3. Building materials. It turns out that the materials used on the exterior of your home can have a major impact in how much heat gets in. Obviously, insulation can help to regulate your interior temperature, but painting your exterior walls in lighter shades and using reflective materials on the roof or even the windows can help to deter the heat-producing rays of the sun throughout the summer months.
  4. Energy film. There are plenty of products designed to cling to your windows and provide shade, but only energy film promises to cut as much as about 90% of the sun’s rays responsible for heating up your home. As a bonus, this product can also protect interior surfaces from sun damage and fading.
  5. Sunshades and awnings. Whether you choose to add architectural louvers over windows or a retractable awning to cover your patio and sliding glass doors, you should know that shading these points of solar ingress can help to cut your interior temperatures significantly. Although it won’t necessarily combat the heat of the exterior air, placing a barrier between the sun and your windows can definitely reduce the amount of heat that comes in.

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