The summer can be rough on your home and your quality of life. Not only do you have to find ways to keep your home cool – you also have to find ways to keep your energy bills at a manageable level. One of the best ways to stay comfortable this summer – without spending a fortune on utility bills – is to shade your home. When it comes down to it, there are actually many ways to shade your home so that you can limit your use of the air conditioner. Indeed, many of these shading methods are completely natural. Here is how to shade your home and yard in the summer sun.
- Plant a large, leafy tree – one that has large leaf coverage. One of the best ways to naturally shade your home and your yard is to plant trees that have large leaf coverage. You don’t need to wait multiple years for the trees to grow – you can plant young trees and allow the leaves to provide all the shade you need.
- Installarchitectural louvers on your windows. Another option for shade, and also to cool your home, is to install architectural louvers on your windows. Architectural louvers are a little bit like exterior shades. In most cases, it makes it nearly impossible to see inside your home, so louvers also add an element of security and privacy. Of course, you will be able to see outside just fine and they won’t block all the sunlight. Some architectural louvers can actually be adjusted manually or with a remote.
- Place a tall fence on the side of your home that gets the most sun. If you want another option that will provide security, while at the same time providing shade to your home and yard, you may want to build a tall fence. Indeed, building a tall fence on the sunniest side of your home will reduce the amount of direct sunlight that can often get refracted by your windows and heat up your home. Plus, a fence will keep prying eyes out of your property.
- Post shade sails in your backyard – this will make spending time in your backyard so much more enjoyable. If you are looking for a way to provide some shade for your backyard, you may want to post some shade sails. These sails are really easy to install and you don’t need to hire a specialized construction crew. If you want to spend time in your backyard during those dog days of summer, you will definitely get a lot of relief from shade sails.
- Fix an awning to your windows – or over your outdoor patio. On top of everything, you also want to place an awning over your main entry doors and your windows – anywhere that there is a large amount of glass that allows the sunshine to pour in. With awnings, you can improve the look of your home and shade your home at the same time. In the end, there is nothing wrong with added benefits when you are trying to shade your home from the summer sun.