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Old 08-17-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Bristow,VA
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Hi, I am not sure how to fix this issue. I have 4 huge windows in the family room facing East and I get a lot of sunlight till noon.

The lower windows have faux wood blinds, but 2 upper ones have none. To make things worse, sun light falls right on the thermostat till noon, and the AC keeps running non stop. Because of the continuous light/heat, theromstat reads around 96F

If I install blinds on the upper ones, is it going to look ugly? If I put some drapes and screens, How can I open or close them ?

Thanks
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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It might be pricey, but I suggest you put sheer blinds on all four windows. that way you filter the light only as much as you want and can have the chord hanging down for easy adjustment. Also, the look GREAT.

definitely no to the curtains. It would take away from the arch at the top, and you'd have to have them from top to bottom.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:50 AM
 
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Try window tinting. You can get film similiar to what goes on automobile windows that can be installed professionally.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:59 AM
 
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Motorized thermal blinds on timers.
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Old 08-17-2009, 12:05 PM
 
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How about asking someone in HVAC to relocate your theromstat to the opposite side of the wall? There's thermostat wire at Lowe's or Home Depot.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Bristow,VA
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Thanks all. Relocating thermostat is not an option. I will check on those sheer shades.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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Call Jim McLaughlin with Blind & Shutter Solutions 571-379-7130. He can give you some ideas on what to do. I know how much light and heat those big windows let in. I have just one in my stair case on the west side. We have wood blinds on it, but I'm also considering a drape too to cut down on the heat in the summer.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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They sell window tinting by the roll at Lowe's. It would be a lot cheaper than replacing the glass with a 50% tint; but you could do that, too.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:19 PM
 
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All my windows are tinted and it does help, but it wouldn't help enough if the sun is hitting the thermostat. Shades of some kind are your best bet.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:23 PM
 
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Eyeglasses come in 20%, 50%, and 80% tints. Window tinting must be similar. When I don't want my A/C to run; I turn it off.
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