Your family’s health is important. Protect them while they enjoy the outdoors with a beautiful, easy, home enhancement – an awning for your deck or patio!
Shade prevents overheating, increases comfort
Fabric awnings and canopies will shade your deck from the sun, and provide outdoor protection on rainy days. Shading your windows, decks and patios will create an environment that allows you to enjoy outdoor activities while avoiding excessive heat, sun and UV exposure.
Protect your family and your furnishings from the sun’s damaging rays
Some awning fabrics have been endorsed by The Skin Cancer Foundation, an international organization dedicated to the prevention of skin cancer, for their ability to block harmful UV rays. In addition, canopies and awnings protect inside furnishings such as furniture, drapes and carpet from fading due to UV rays.
> Protect Your Pets from Hot Weather:
Pets instinctively gravitate toward shade to stay cool – where trees & shrubs aren’t available, awnings provide instant relief.
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Expand Your backyard enjoyment with fabric awnings and canopies – unify your indoor and outdoor decor
Why stay inside when you can extend the livable portion of your home with creative outdoor living spaces? It isn’t hard to achieve.
The biggest obstacle in most people’s way is that it just doesn’t occur to them to take advantage of their yard to improve enjoyment of it. Ideas abound online – explore your options.
A fabric awning can echo the architecture of a traditional residence. Or, it can complement more modern-styled homes. It can add drama and impact to an otherwise ordinary facade.
Depending on the application, awnings can assume a wide variety of shapes and sizes, which makes design options limitless. Contact a professional awning fabricator to find out what awning styles would work best for your home.
Some days, there’s nothing more vitalizing than the sun’s warmth. Other days, cooling shade energizes with relief from the heat.
More than just a matter of personal comfort, research shows that managing the use of sun and shade can have a significant impact on a building’s energy efficiency.
Awnings with high-tech sensors and controls are making it easier than ever for homeowners to optimize these benefits.
When temperatures rise, solar gain – or the interior warmth generated by sunshine through windows – requires cooling systems to work harder. On hot days, shading windows with awnings can reduce cooling energy consumption by 25% or more, according to the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota.
However, when it’s cold outside, solar gain reduces a home’s demand for heat. Allowing the sun to shine through on colder days can substantially reduce heating energy consumption.
The widespread use of sensing and control devices in commercial applications has driven product development and mass production. Now these technologies are accessible to the average homeowner.
By applying shade control technologies, the greatest benefit to homeowners is the potential to reduce heating and cooling bills, which account for 56% of energy consumed, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
“By managing solar gain – extending awnings when shade is beneficial, and retracting when not – homeowners can significantly reduce energy consumption, while improving home comfort,” says Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).
New Data Shows that Fabric Awnings & Exterior Shades Can Help Homeowners Reduce Cooling Costs by More than 50%
Sweeping 50-city study proves awnings are a smart retrofit to reduce home energy consumption
• Save money through reduced cooling bills
• Increase comfort by reducing home’s internal temperature
• Potentially reduce size of and mechanical wear on the home AC unit
“People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool.” says Byron Yonce, MFC, chairman of PAMA. “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”
High Temperatures, Rising Energy Costs & TIght Budgets Shine Light on Awning Benefits
Everyone knows that awnings provide shade for homes. But record hot temperatures this past summer, rising energy costs and tighter household budgets are bringing to light the tangible role awnings and solar shades can play in efforts to reduce energy expenses.
A new energy study funded by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), shows that fabric awnings or exterior shades can save homeowners as much as $200 annually by reducing the load on air conditioners (depending on where a home is located). The study, released this week, calculates the impact of awnings in 50 cities across the United States.
“The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses,” said Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study. “When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”
The study focused on older homes that are typically smaller and less insulated than newer construction. Resulting data supports awnings and solar shades as “smart” retrofits to help make older homes more energy efficient.
For example, the study showed that awnings on a home with single or double glazed windows in Pittsburgh, PA can reduce cooling energy 46-50% in a hot year compared to the same house without awnings. Correlating cost savings can range from $81 to $102. In a hot city like Phoenix, AZ the net savings was $193 in a typical year.
“The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner,” says Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of PAMA. “Awnings reduce direct solar gain through windows.”
The study incorporated information about weather and energy costs, and included a number of variations (cities, shade designs and fabrics). The amount of cooling energy saved varies depending on the number of windows, type of glass in the windows, window orientation and regional climate.
“Homeowners often ask how well awnings and roller screens will help to cool their home and make them more comfortable. So PAMA initiated this study to develop credible information about the performance of window shading, as we work to educate home owners and the industry,” says John Gant, PAMA’ s Energy Committee Chairman. “This research uses complex computer simulations for a wide range of variables to generate predictions of the energy conservation.”
Considering an addition to your home?
Your deck will be shaded from the hot sun and, depending on the awning fabric, provide outdoor protection for your entire family on a rainy day.
Outdoor living rooms are perfect for entertaining or relaxing
Many home owners are realizing that a fixed awning or canopy creates an upscale, outdoor living room; perfect for entertaining guests or simply relaxing with family.
Outdoor kitchens are a hot trend in many parts of the country. A fabric awning can help extend your outdoor entertaining season and function as part of your landscape design, says hgtvpro.com.