So! How do we work with the weather? Let’s start from the outside. Awnings. We’ve moved on from lovely mission brown and green stripes of the 60’s (though they are still available!). Today we work mainly with PVC mesh, available in plain colours, but there are stripes available too. PVC mesh is easy to clean as well as being fade and mildew resistant. If you prefer canvas cloth, these are available in plain colours, with either cloth, finished with a Colorbond hood; awnings are a smart looking window treatment.
Outdoor awnings are proven to be the most efficient window dressing for the summer, hands down! Awnings can reduce the inside temperature by up to 10 degrees by preventing the sun and heat from hitting the house and glass. They keep the house cool for the majority of the day whilst we’re out – at school, work or play – or if we’re at home; if the house is cooler when it is time to turn on the air-con, it doesn’t need to work as hard or as long to get the house down to a comfortable temperature.
Awnings are investment for the long term. Once you’ve had them installed, you’ll wonder why you suffered for so many summers without them. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised with how little you need to use your air conditioner too.