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Awnings as Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades

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Posted: Jul 17, 2017 at 9:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Any house has a particular part or room that’s always baking in the sun, especially during summer. It might sound like a slight annoyance, but those sunny spots, in fact, have an impact on a household’s energy bills. Air conditioning equipment works extra-hard to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the house, more so in areas that receive high heat.

The Awning Solution

Fortunately, there’s a ridiculously simple way to cut down on energy costs by way of the ubiquitous exterior upgrade: awnings. Whether it’s the fixed or retractable type, awnings reduce air conditioning usage in a house during summer months, saving homeowners almost $200 annually, according to the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).

PAMA says that sunlight filtering through glass windows puts an additional 20% load on air conditioners. By reducing direct solar gain entering the house, awnings contribute to energy cost savings, as well as curtail energy demand. agrees that awnings make a distinctly environment-friendly solution for homeowners looking to make a difference in high greenhouse gas emissions.

Shady Cost-Saver

While not a total replacement for air conditioners for home cooling needs, awnings do contribute a lot in minimizing a structure’s heat load. A fabric awning curbs heat gain by 55% to 65% during peak sunshine on south-facing windows/doors, while west-facing areas up that figure to 77%.

Making Homes Look Great and Feel Great

Common types of awning come in fixed, retractable, and portable designs. Retractable awnings have a bonus energy-saving function in winter, as it can fold up to allow the sun’s rays to permeate glass doors and windows.

As for aesthetics, awnings always affect a house’s curb appeal. With a variety of fabrics and colors for options, homeowners can personalize their external shading, energy-saving investments.

Who knew awnings could be such life- and environment-savers? Not only are they stylish and functional additions to any home, but they make for a great outdoor hangout where residents can enjoy a drink and chat without getting sunburned.