Summer is fast approaching again, with record temperatures around the country already being reported.
With air conditioners running at full blast this summer, household energy usage is going to skyrocket.
So, how can you avoid dumping money into your A/C unit this year? One of the best ways to reduce your cooling costs is through the use of awnings.
Reduce your cooling costs
Installing awnings on your home is a great way to keep the sun out and utilize cost-free cooling. The benefits aren't trivial, either.
The amount of money you could save by using awnings varies greatly depending on where you live and how your house is laid out. A recent study concluded that awnings can save Americans about 50% on their annual cooling costs.
In our area, it's not unrealistic to reduce your home's energy consumption by 20-25%. With proper application and usage, you may see an even higher reduction, depending on the layout of your home's windows.
Create an outdoor living space
Awnings not only provide you with a cost-efficient, energy-efficient way to keep your home cool, but can also help to create a beautiful, comfortable outdoor living area.
Without building a large structure or adding onto your home, an awning provides a cool, shaded area that you whole family can enjoy. You can even create an entire upscale living room right on your patio.
Retractable awnings allow you to have shade when you need it and sunlight when you want it. There are many options for retractable awnings, including slide wire canopies, rolling screens, and lateral arm retractable awnings.
Offering a dynamic outdoor space for entertaining or relaxing and energy efficiency you can't get from anything else, awnings are the perfect choice for the upcoming summer months.
Increase your home's style and value
On top of all of that, awnings can even increase your home's value. With great-looking awnings, you can improve your home's curb appeal.
There are endless designs, colors, and customizations for awnings, meaning you can find a perfect match your home's style. Awnings are the perfect combination of form and function.