After the cold days of winter and the wet weather of spring, it’s great to be able to go outside and enjoy hot summer days and warm summer nights. Except for one little problem; summer is a bit too hot, especially when it comes to your home. The sun glares through your windows raising indoor temperatures, and warm air blows in making the inside of your house stifling and almost unlivable. Going outside and wishing for a cool breeze to blow by is basically your only other option if you’re trying to avoid the high cost of cooling your home. Even sitting outside has it’s drawbacks as you chase patches of shade around your yard. Luckily there’s an easier way to protect your home from the dreaded heat of summer. Eclipse retractable awnings come in a variety of sizes and styles to help keep both the inside and outside of your home cooler. You can use solar shades to help lower the indoor temperature of your home. These vertical shades keep out up to 97 percent of the sun’s heat rays while diminishing the glare that comes through your windows. You can also use solar shades on your patio doors to allow cool air to blow in while reducing heat transfer to keep your home cooler. There are also outdoor cooling options that can help to protect your home from the heat. One of those options is a patio and pergola solar shade. Traditionally, pergolas are known for their aesthetic beauty, but there often a bit short on shade, and although your patio is considered an extension of your home it’s probably not the coolest place to hang out. Adding solar shades to these areas of your home allow you to take advantage of these spaces and the shade they provide. You can also enclose your pergola completely to create a separate outdoor space that acts as another room. More importantly, a room that’s free of insects, allows cool air to blow in, maintains a comfortable temperature and gives you a clear view of your yard. Another outdoor deck and patio cooling option is a motorized retractable awning. A motorized retractable awning allows you to control how much sun or shade your outdoor space receives. This type of awning also helps to cool the air around doorways and windows to prevent excessive sunlight from entering your home and transferring unwanted heat.