The east facing portion of our beach house is well shaded plus adjacent to a wooded lot with sizable pine trees that obscure the afternoon sun. But once it reaches midday plus the afternoon light begins to arch over to the west, there is nothing on that side of the beach house to even minimally obscure the intense day rays. I went through the hassle of planting hedges plus trees, but afterward realized it could take several decades to get any remotely large amount of foliage to have a measurable impact on the westward sunlight. I was chatting with a single of the employees in our local hardware store plus he suggested that I buy heat control window film. It’s relatively infancy plus straight-forward enough for virtually anyone to do themselves with just a few basic tools. The film is cut to fit any size window with some measuring tape, a utility knife, plus a pair of scissors. It blocks some of the ultraviolet rays plus excess heat entering the windows you apply it to. I was even able to paste it on our double-pane low-e windows I had installed last year. It wasn’t a miracle fix, even though I was able to cut our energy bill back a bit plus observed the air conditioner cycling less in the afternoons on tepid days when the afternoon light would normally be radiating the west side of our beach house love a rotisserie chicken. Although I may go the extra step plus buy afternoon light shielding window blinds soon, this is a wonderful start. And since I still planted trees plus hedges, I can watch as they slowly grow in height on that side of the house, perhaps a single afternoon reaching the top edge of our beach house where the roof begins.
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020