Protecting Your Home From The Sun
Whether it’s hot where you live 365 days a year or just 3, the sun will still be shining down on your house. Here is how to protect it sufficiently.
Paint The Exterior White
Here is an interesting fact. There was a law across some Greek Islands in years gone by that stated every house must be painted white. This was done so that they were best equipped to reflect the sun. This is understandable. The hottest ever recorded temperature in Greece was a whopping 48 degrees centigrade!
Now, you might read this and say ‘but it is almost never hot where I live!’ While this might be true, the sun will still be out and beating down on your house.
If you do live somewhere where the temperatures are often very hot and sunny, you too might want to follow in the Greeks footsteps. While it will cost you to paint it and hire the staff to do it, it could save you money in the long run. You will need less air-conditioning in the hottest months, for example. Painting your property white is also a more eco-friendly option than using electricity-based solutions.
Make Sure Paintings and Valuables Are Protected
We display our most beloved items in our home in pride of place. That stunning canvas painting you brought back from Morocco five years? You hang it with pride in your hallway or front room. But think again. Is it in the direct line of the sun? If so, it could be fading slowly without you even realising it.
Other items in the home that can fade in sunlight include flooring and furniture.
Display your artwork in areas of the home that the sun does not hit directly. Cover your sofas and armchairs with throws. And put down rugs over the areas of flooring where the sun is the strongest.
Install Blackout Blinds
Blackout blinds are an excellent way of protecting your home and its interiors. Consider roller shades, as you can quickly and easily put them up or down. Look for a brand that offers at least 70% protection from harmful UV rays. It is these rays that fade the items mentioned in the point above.
Also, don’t think that blackout blinds have to be black! You can get them in a range of different colours and styles. If you’re installing them in your main living areas, you might want to get them installed into your bedroom. This will come in particularly handy when you want to lie-in during the summer months!
Install Window Films
Replacing all of your windows will be time-consuming and very costly. However, there is a cheaper and quicker alternative. Window films go on the inside of the window. You might need to invest in both the film and a warranty. This is because some window manufacturers void the warranty if a film is applied. This should be pretty cheap, though. Always have the film applied by professionals. They know what they are doing and have the tools and experience to do it correctly. You can still wash them in the same way in the future. Just don’t use anything sharp, like a razor blade.