If you live in a particularly sunny area, you may want to consider adding external awnings to help shield the home from the harmful uv rays. You can add window treatments on the inside to help block the sun and harshness of the uv rays, by having heavy drapes, blinds, shutters or shades. But this does not stop the sunlight from hitting the glass on the windows directly. Sunlight hitting the glass like this warms it and thus warms the room. Shielding the exterior of the windows from the sun prevents this from occurring.
The external awning comes in many sizes, colors, and materials. They can be the type that rolls back for full outside exposure, or they can be down completely shading the door or window. The exterior of the home receives a nice facelift when awnings are placed over windows and doors. When they are a permanent fixture, they create a completely different look for the home. Match or compliment the exterior color. Match it to the color of the roof. On the other hand, use a completely different color for a nice color splash around doors and windows for a nice change.
Some homes are built to face where the sun bears down especially hard at it sets throughout the afternoon. People desperately try to shield the light when warms the windows and the interior rooms. People will use heavy drapes or will put foil over the windows in an attempt to stop the blaring light and heat. Doing this does not help really, the sun rays hit the window, the glass heats up, and thus heats the air in the room. Using an external awning is the perfect way to shield windows and doors from this.
Some of the external awnings come in light reflective colors, so they will not absorb heat but rather reflects it. White is popular, as it does not glare to cars on the road, but it does not absorb the heat either. For the extreme areas as described above the awnings that roll down to shield the entire window works well. These awnings completely cover the window surface and flare out just enough to allow air flow between the window and the awning. The thought is to lower the awning when the sun it out in full force. This works best when there are no trees to help with shading.