Retractable awnings add beauty, style and function to any home or business. Yet many people are still on the fence as to whether the prospect of their own awning is a good one – after all, there are many factors to consider.
However, there also happen to be many benefits to installing a retractable awning. Here are just a handful to consider:
Lowered Energy Costs
It’s common sense, yet many people don’t consider this point at first: The presence of an awning can have a big effect on the inside of a home, too! Sunlight streams through windows, adding to the heat inside the house and taxing your air conditioner…and eventually, your wallet. Installing a fabric awning can, according to the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers, reduce heat gain by up to 65% on southern-facing windows and up to 77% for western exposures. And it’s not only during summer that these savings present themselves – closed retractable awnings allow the sun’s rays to penetrate and warm the home during winter months, resulting in year-round energy savings.
Protected Furniture and Window Dressings
Sure, retractable awnings help protect the furniture on your deck or patio – that’s obvious. What’s not so obvious is the damage the sun’s rays can do to furniture inside the house. You might not notice it as time goes on, but furniture left sitting in the sun day after day will be bleached by the sun’s rays. This is true of upholstery, leather, and even wood. Draperies will fade in the sun, too, unless there’s protection involved, such as an awning.
Increased Living Space
If you’re fortunate enough to have a deck or patio, you know how pleasant it is to spend time relaxing, entertaining, even working out there…unless the weather is very hot, or it’s rainy. Besides, even a cloudy day doesn’t protect us from UV rays, does it? So your outdoor space might not be getting all the use it could be. Retractable awnings make the outdoors the place to be and add living space back to a home.
If you have an outdoor space that doesn’t get half the use you’d imagined it would, especially during the hottest days of summer, you’re missing out. A retractable awning, however, could change that – while it also lowers your energy costs and protects your furniture!