During the summer your home can easily become overheated. This phenomenon is caused by the sunbeams passing through your home’s windows, warming the air inside and therefore causing a heat buildup. Under such conditions, the temperature within your home is higher than it should be. Preventing this from happening is as easy as installing new awnings to your property to deflect solar radiation, which will reduce your energy bill.
Saving Money by Preventing Overheating
The most effective and economic way to prevent overheating is implementing sun protection measures such as awnings, which will allow you to reach the desired temperature without relying on expensive, environmentally unfriendly, cooling systems. Therefore, you will not only be reducing your energy bills, but also your ecological footprint.
Step by Step Guide to Deflecting Solar Radiation
- The first step is to locate the windows in your house most directly exposed to sunlight. Such windows will tend to be located in areas without shadow.
- The second step is to choose which kind of awnings suit your windows better, as well as your budget. There are many to consider: conventional awnings, retractable awnings, canopies and solar screens, just to name a few of them.
- The third step is to choose the right color and material for your awnings. When doing so, it is advisable not take the aesthetics as the sole decisive factor. Even though style is important, you must realize that your savings will be greater if the sun protection system installed is white or pastel.
Comfort, Ecology and Economy
At this point you will have reduced the heat inside your home during warm months, improved your thermal comfort and reduced energy consumption all in one go. By preventing overheating in your property using awnings, you will be achieving savings in cooling between 5 to 30% every year.