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One of the virtues of windows is how they can allow natural light to enter and illuminate your home. However, there may be times when allowing light to filter through your windows isn’t a very desirable proposition: Perhaps you don’t want to be blinded by the strong sunlight at the end of the day. Maybe you’d like some additional privacy so that people can’t see inside your home. Or it could be that you want to limit the amount of UV light that enters your home and increases the temperature and your energy bills. Whatever the reason, take a look at some of the best ways to block light from entering your windows.

Curtains, Shades, or Blinds

For a solution that allows you to choose when to let light in and influence how much light comes in, then you can choose to install curtains, shades, or blinds on your windows. With any of these options, you can shut them at times when would prefer some darkness or privacy and open them again when you’re ready to let natural light come rolling in; additionally, you can decide how much light enters your home by adjusting the accessory of your choosing.

Awnings

Installed on the exterior of your home, awnings act like a partial hood for you windows that can reflect sunlight and thus reduce the amount of light that enters your home. Most awnings are made from synthetic, tightly-woven fabrics in light colors, which are more effective at blocking sunlight. They can also significantly improve your windows’ energy efficiency: During summer months, awnings can reduce the temperature in your home by as much as 65-80%.

UV Films

Specifically designed to reduce the amount of UV light that enters your home, window films are applied directly to the glass surface of your windows. They can block as much as 80% of heat from entering your home as well as save you up to 25% on your energy costs, which helps to make up for the price of purchase and installation.

Blackout Fabric

Purchase blackout fabric if you want to completely block light from entering a room through your windows. Blackout fabric today comes in a wide range of colors and designs, and you can select either blackout curtains or drapes depending on your preference.

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