The Best Way To Control Sunlight From Bleeding Into Your Room

Sunlight is great. Its good for the skin. Its good for the eyes. It increases levels of melatonin, making it so that you sleep better at the end of the day. It generally puts a smile on peoples faces. And people like sunlight in their houses. Thats the whole point of windows. The problem is, sometimes too much sunlight gets into peoples houses. And too much of anything is a bad thing. So how can you get it, as Goldilocks puts it, just right? How can you get it so that the perfect amount gets in? Here are some of the options on the table.

1. Louvred shutters. Unlike solid panel shutters, louvred shutters are composed of a series of slats inset into a wooden frame, which can be tilted using a special tilting rod. This way you can determine exactly how much sunlight you want to let in.

2. Venetian blinds. Venetian blinds consist of a number of horizontal slats made of metal or plastic hanging from cords. Theyre not that expensive and they offer a lot in the way of gradation.

3. Curtains and Drapes. By closing your curtains and drapes during the hot summer months, you can keep out solar radiation. Studies have shown that drawing the blinds can reduce heat loss by as much as thirteen percent.
4. Window films. Window films are thin strips of plastic stuck to window panes. If you dont want too much sunlight coming in, but equally dont want too much sunlight blocked out, then window films are probably for you.

5. Honeycomb shades. The so-called Honeycomb shades (also known as cellular shades) are made from super-insulting fabric. Invented by Hunter Douglas, the honeycomb shade has been known to take a windows R-value as high as seven. They come in a variety of orientations and colours, and will set you back around one-hundred-and-fifty pounds (for the higher-end options).

6. Awnings. Awnings are umbrella-like covers attached to the outside of a window. Theyve been known to reduce solar radiation by up to seventy percent.

There you have it. Those are the different options. So, if UV rays are causing damage to your wooden furniture, if too much sunlight is coming into your south-facing kitchen windows, if too much infrared is getting into your living room, necessitating that you turn up the air conditioning, then these are the different options to consider.

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