Helllllllooooooooo! How are you?! I’m good! I missed posting on Monday, which I said I wouldn’t do anymore, ooops! Things just got busy and I honestly forgot. Yup, I forgot about this little blog. =( To the 5 readers out there, I will be back to a regular schedule once school starts at the end of the month. Can you believe it’s already that time of the year to think about back to school items? Fastest.summer.ever!
Ok, now that my rant is over, today I’ll be discussing some exterior sun protection on the West side of my house.
I am orientated a little differently in this new location. My house front – where you would hook it up to a truck and tow it – is pointed North. This means that the majority of my windows are on the East and west sides of the house.
With the house orientated this way (which is the direction that the landlord requested according to the property line, etc) it is also the direction in which the Sun (that big flaming ball of HEAT) rises and sets. When building a house with a foundation, the house (or building) orientation is considered because you want to avoid windows on the East and West side because they get direct light from when the sun rises and sets. You want to avoid direct sun light because it causes heat gain within the building (and if this was an office with computers, it can cause debilitating glare on the computer screens and workers are not as productive). As I try to be as energy efficient as possible I want to avoid unnecessary heat buildup within my tiny house so that the little HVAC unit doesn’t have to work even harder than it already is. I mean, any temperature above 100 degrees is going to be hot regardless of any solar heat gain but I want to avoid that if possible.
I’m fortunate that a huge tree is on the East side of the house that shades it in the morning and half way through the day. However, that afternoon and evening sun is DIRECT and creates quite the heat build-up within the tiny house. I try to keep my dark shades pulled during the afternoon and evening but it doesn’t quite do enough.
In commercial buildings, exterior louvers are often used on East/West facade windows to help shade the sun. See picture below. These don’t block the view, are attractive (in their own way) and keep the direct sun rays out.
However, I’m not finding many for residential applications. When you do a google search for sun shades, louvers, ect. This is what pops up….
Residential window exterior sun shade. This is horrible because it looks hideous and the wind would destroy this! When I searched Home Depot or Lowes for what I’m looking for I did find some promising items like this…
I’m going to have to find one that is long enough to cover both windows because there isn’t enough room between the 2 windows to place supports and the necessary clearances between two. My hunt for the perfect one continues but in the meantime, what do you think?