It's good when sunlight floods your room, but its excess can turn your home into a greenhouse; this will create an unhealthy microclimate and damage the furniture. There are several ways to protect yourself from the sun's rays. At first, this was done with the help of sheds, then air conditioners came to replace them. With the rise in electricity prices, awnings, curtains and shutters are back in fashion. Among these protections, awnings are the most effective, as curtains and shutters can store heat and transfer it into the room. Experience shows that the use of canopies can reduce the air temperature by 8 ° C; using them together with air conditioners significantly reduces energy consumption.
When choosing a canopy, carefully study the material from which it is made. Canvas is cheap, but it sets quickly and catches fire easily. More practical are synthetic materials, which are quite durable and heat-resistant. The color of the canopy plays a very significant role: the white material is almost 10% more effective than the dark green. Design also plays an important role; for example, the sides of the canopy, called wings, slow down the penetration of heat into the home. If possible, an adjustable canopy should be made, the position of which depends on the direction of the sun's rays.
The following describes the installation of awnings, which are sold in stores as sets of individual parts. In addition, the directions of the canopy manufacturer should be followed.
If for some reason you do not want to install a canopy, then you can attach a plastic film to the inner surface of the glass, which also protects the home from excess heat. The film cuts air conditioning costs by almost half and prevents the penetration of ultraviolet rays that destroy furniture. At the same time, this method of protection has two significant drawbacks: firstly, the film weakens the lighting, and secondly, the film does not work when the room is ventilated. The advantages of the film are low price and ease of installation.
Installing the awning
1. How to position the staples. Measure the width of the awning and transfer the resulting value to the wall above the window. Following the manufacturer's instructions, mark the anchorage points for the two staples, with both staples 120 mm from the edges of the tarpaulin. Fasten the first bracket using a plug and screw; check the vertical position of the bracket with a level. Place a block of the same width as the tarpaulin in the bracket. Place the spirit level on the block and adjust the height of the second bracket. Then attach the second bracket to the wall.
2. How to hang an awning. Hang the tarpaulin folded onto the staples. Then fix the horizontal tarpaulin strip and staples with screws (see picture in frame).
3. Completion of the installation. Insert the metal holders from below into the uprights and mark the position of the screws. After removing the holders, drill the holes and hammer the plugs into them. Then fix the holders in this place. Install the cord clip below the stand following the manufacturer's instructions. After threading the cord, try opening and closing the awning several times.
Installing a cassette canopy
1. How to hang a canopy. Mark the position of the staples (point 1 above). Drill holes and attach the brackets according to the manufacturer's instructions. With a second person, raise the canopy to the level of the staples and insert the horizontal bar into the slot between the staple plates. Then insert the screws into the brackets and tighten them tightly.
2. Verification of work. Insert the hook of the grip into the eyelet as shown in the picture in the frame. By turning the handle, check how easy the awning opens and closes.
Using glass film
1. Preparation of the window. Wash the window thoroughly twice. Then cut out the film, which should be slightly larger than the glass. Spray moisture on the glass surface, remove the protective layer from the film and spray moisture on its inner surface. Press the film firmly against the glass, squeezing out the water with a roller.
2. Cutting the film. Pressing the ruler against the window frame, cut the film with a sharp knife; this creates a thin glass gap around the film. Moisten the film again and, starting from the top, squeeze as much water as possible from under the inner surface of the film. Then wipe the edges of the glass with a dry cloth. The film will be translucent until all the moisture has evaporated; this process will take about a week.