Add shade coverings and awnings

Why? Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain on south-facing and west-facing windows. They can lower your cooling costs and also add charm to your home.
What to look for:

  • Light-colored awnings. These keep sunlight from entering through your windows and also won't absorb heat.
  • Fabric that is opaque and tightly woven. Synthetic fabrics such as acrylic and polyvinyl laminates are the best because they are water repellent and treated to resist mildew.
  • Awnings with ventilation. Grommets, eyelets, or other openings along the tops and sides can provide ventilation.

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