Reduce air conditioning costs during the summer and beautify and beautify your home exterior in the bargain, by adding fixed, retractable, or portable awnings to your windows.
If you want to reduce air conditioning costs and keep your home interior cool, you may want to consider investing in awnings. According to a study from the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), investing in awnings can save you $200 dollars or more annually. The study found that awnings not only save money for homeowners but also contribute to a reduction in demand for energy, making them an environmentally responsible choice for homeowners concerned about greenhouse gas emissions. “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.”
“People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool,” points out Byron Yonce, 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.” The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers recommends that homeowners use “optimized and/or moveable external shading devices, such as overhangs, awnings, and side fins” to minimize a building’s heat load. A fabric awning reduces heat gain by 55% to 65%! There are so many factors why awnings can benefit your home, it is a long term investment that not only saves you money but can also increase your home value. For more information about retractable awnings or awnings in general, get in touch and contact us at 210-691-9300 for a free consultation.