Window awnings are great investments because they provide economic, health and social benefits. For example, by lowering the temperatures underneath the awnings, you are able to sit and relax outside without having to worry about the effects of prolonged exposure to UV light. By minimizing the amount of UV light getting into your home, awnings can prevent damages like discoloration to interior décor and furniture.
- Reduce your air conditioning bills
Depending on where your windows are facing (e.g. south or west), window awnings can minimize solar heat gain inside your home by between 65% and 77%. Heat gain in the summer can even be reduced further by opting for custom-made awnings. Unlike normal awnings, custom built awnings are designed to cover the entire side of a home.
According to the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association, this can result in roughly 20% savings on your air conditioning bills. By exerting less pressure on your HVAC system, less money will be spent on air conditioning repairs.
The savings realized from the cooling expenses and HVAC repair costs, will overtime pay for the awning installation.
- Protect your family from prolonged exposure to UV light
Awnings bearing the Seal of Recommendation from the Skin Cancer Foundation can help to safeguard against the risk of sun-induced skin conditions like skin cancer and solar lentigo. This is because the awnings are designed to block a significant amount of harmful rays from the sum. As a result, you are able to sit outside with your family and enjoy a meal or an afternoon nap and not have to be concerned about the possibilities of getting skin cancer.
- Improve the aesthetic appeal of your home
Installation of retractable awnings can also change the appearance of your patio. For example, you can pick a color and pattern that complements the general landscape and other décor aspects of your home (e.g. paint). The increased curb appeal will also make your home stand out from the rest.
- Extend your outdoor living area
The shade provided by the window awnings will extend your outdoor living space. For example, in the summer, you can use the shaded area for barbecuing or lounging. Consequently, you will find yourself spending more time outdoors than indoors in the summer.
At first glance, awning installation may seem like an unnecessary expense. But after carefully analyzing the benefits, you will realize that the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages.