As a society we’ve seen a shift to become “greener” with energy efficiency at the top of the list. It’s better for the environment, because the less power we use for cooling systems, the less the better. Depending on your power company’s method of power production, you’re helping burn less coal, or creating less of a demand on solar- or wind-powered networks.
But another reason is a bit more self-serving: it keeps more money in your pocket by reducing utility costs. Take a look at your power bill. Now imagine it was 10 or 15% cheaper. What could you do with that extra money?
Go green by reducing energy and cost all while adding value to your home with retractable awnings.
According to the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, awnings can reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 25%. Here’s how it works: it keeps your house cooler by deflecting hot sun rays, thus saving you money on cooling your home. You can save big on energy bills by spending less time indoors utilizing lights and air conditioning.
A retractable awning reduces cooling costs using the same principle as large shade trees. Check out the illustration below. See how the sun’s rays are deflected by that awning, creating a cool space below it? That space is adjacent to the walls of your home. Now imagine the awning isn’t there. That means the sun’s rays hit your home’s walls directly, causing the materials on the other side to heat up. Not even the best home insulation materials can fight off that heating effect.
By filtering the amount of incoming light, any awning can help reduce the fading of furniture, carpeting, and draperies. Based on a study completed by the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning, exterior mounted shading systems can reduce interior heat gain by up to 77% and also reduce heat and water damage to deck, patio, pool deck, and balcony surfaces.
Retractable awnings not only have the potential to reduce your energy consumption and cost, but they also add comfort and style by extending your living space outdoors to enjoy with family and friends. A retractable awning provides an easily accessible shaded outdoor living space in which anyone can relax. A patio awning almost instantly increases your home’s value because it creates additional living space that didn’t previously exist.
Long gone are the days of increasing property value through expensive and lengthy home renovations. Think smart and expand your outdoor space all while adding curb appeal.
Contact Eclipse Awning at 800-501-3850 today. For almost two decades we’ve been helping property owners just like you save money with lowered utility costs and enhanced property values.