The sunshine in our region can be quite intense.
And it shines most of the mornings of the year.
That sunshine has a direct effect on the interior temperature of our homes. And that forced the HVAC to toil harder in order to cool the house. When I bought this home, it was our plan not to hang curtains. The two of us were in a rural section with no neighbors in site. Plus, there was so much wildlife all around us that I wanted to be sure to have an unclogged view. While it took some getting accustomed to, I undoubtedly did appreciate having the constant views. However, when the first utility bill arrived for the summer, I was stunned. The cooling costs from the HVAC were just out of sight. That led to a sudden ad hoc covering of all the windows in the house. I just got some cheap plastic blinds. The HVAC costs went down dramatically. However, I undoubtedly didn’t appreciate the look of the plastic blinds plus I missed having the views. Once the Summer was over, the two of us took those plastic blinds down plus stored them. This year, the two of us had an entire solar shade system installed in our home. What’s undoubtedly awesome about these shades is that they are designed to mitigate direct sunshine heating almost entirely. Plus, they can by synced to our smart HVAC control unit. It simply note the rise of temperature in strange areas of the home plus deploys the shades to stop the direct sunshine heating. It’s a great compromise between keeping the HVAC cooling costs down plus having the view.