Desert homes on open lots can offer very little in the way of natural shade from shrubs and trees. What foliage there may be is often low and sparse, and the building façade is exposed to the sun for the better part of the day. Addressing the need for sun and heat protection in a two storey home involves identifying the source of the exposure and how the heat might travel.
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A sheltered courtyard patio is such a wonderful space and can cut at least some of the winds. But it can also absorb more heat and be less appealing in the warm months.
In addition to creating an extension of the home with a useable outdoor space, patio screens when used effectively can help to reduce energy costs throughout the year.
A screened in porch is a classic and can be configured for all kinds of outdoor spaces. By enclosing that space with screening, floor to ceiling, you keep the space, create an extra outdoor room and protect the area from bothersome flying insects.
Whether you live in town or out in the desert, patio screening is one of the most effective methods to protect your home from heat, winds and even cold temperatures. Patio screening offers some insulation from outside temperatures that can translate to 1-5 degrees difference in heat or cold transferred to exterior walls and thereby the interior of the home. That little bit of temperature insulation reduces the energy needed to cool or heat your home and can save as much as 25% on utility costs.
Patio and deck screening, outdoor or indoor window screening that deflects heat and shields from burning UV rays keeps the areas behind them cooler. Put your hand on a sunny wall and then a shady wall. The shady wall is cooler to the touch, as is the space behind it and the room it encloses.
The most effective method of reducing heat to the patio is to enclose it in screening. Patio screening or outdoor screening shields areas from heat.