What are the best window treatments to block sun on the south or west exposure in summer?

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What are the best window treatments to block sun on the south or west exposure in summer?

Asked by Lorraine Priceman

I wish to add binds or some other window treatment that will block the summer sun but will allow me to have the benefit of the winter sun in a south facing room. The window is a large picture window with two side windows with sliding openings adjoining it. There is a seating bench built in below the window so long curtains are not a good option. I'm looking for a shade or shutter type covering. Thank you!

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Sean Lintow Sr's picture

I would dare say you are focusing on the wrong side of the glass.

A solar screen would probably be the best option and could easily be removed during the winter period. If you have dealt with previous versions, don't forget they have come a long way since then.

If that doesn't work for you, look for solar shades or wooden shutters that fully operate.

For more information:

Read "In a west-facing room, what is the most effective way to stay comfortable in summer and winter: replace windows or add shades?" a Q&A answered by Polly Osborne.