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The United States Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has some good tips for cooling your home naturally. When it’s hot outside, indoor temperatures can get high enough to be uncomfortable. The high price of cooling your home with air conditioning can be costly and the refrigerants used may be contributing to ozone depletion and possibly global warming. There are several natural alternatives to stay cool without running your air conditioning non-stop. The challenge is to keep the building from absorbing the sun’s rays during the day. This happens through the walls, windows, and the roof. Operating excessive electrical appliances and air leakage also allows generates heat.

To cool your home naturally, reflect heat away by using lighter colors in paint or siding. Dark exteriors absorb up to 90% of the sun’s radiant energy and most traditional roofing materials do not help in reflecting heat. White asphalt and fiberglass absorb up to 70% of solar radiation, but there are radiant barriers on the market that can reduce heat gain up to 25%.

As we finally arrived at shading products, there’s no question that Eclipse Shading Systems® has products that offer solutions to preventing the heat of the sun from getting into your house. Retractable awnings shield the walls and interior and exterior solar shades block heat from coming in through the windows. Heat gain can be controlled up to 77% by adding retractable awnings to your home. Eclipse interior and exterior solar screens and shades block direct sunlight from coming in through the windows, cut glare, leave the view, and do not disrupt air flow. Eclipse shading products are available in a wide variety of colors and designs to match your style. Cool your home naturally with retractable awnings.

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