When we first bought our house, one of the things that sold it to us was the big bay windows. We can just sit and look out onto the beautiful countryside. What we didn’t know was that in spring, when the sun changes direction, the sunlight shines right through those window most of the afternoon. As a result, our living room gets very hot and uncomfortable. Since we were already paying for an HVAC maintenance plan we talked to the HVAC technician when he came out for our spring cleaning. While he cleaned our ducts and checked over our unit, he explained that our air conditioner was working fine and that it was the sun coming through the glass. He said, “I’m no interior decorator but I would invest in some blinds or something”. I had assumed that was the case so I looked into it a bit. On the one hand, I didn’t want to block our view. On the other hand, we couldn’t see much with the sun in our face anyway. After calling around and looking at a bunch of options, we finally decided to get an awning to stretch out over the windows and block the sun. It took one day but when the workers were done, the living room was cool and comfortable immediately. The HVAC technician was right, it wasn’t our cooling system at all that was causing the issue. I’m happy that the shade is working to block the sun and that our air conditioning guy didn’t try to sell us something we didn’t need at all.