Awnings have been around for a few decades as a means of controlling heat entering indoor spaces. Over the years, window awnings for homes became less popular due to the advent of air conditioning. Today, concerns over rising energy costs have brought them back to popularity as an affordable and accessible means of making one’s home more energy efficient.
There are more economical ways to keep cool other than cranking up the air conditioning which almost always results in higher electricity bills.
Most people do not realise that awnings and blinds are not mere decorative pieces that you buy for aesthetic value. Recent studies by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) reveals that homeowners can save as much as 50 percent on their cooling expenses just by installing awnings on their windows.
Having trouble believing that awnings can improve energy efficiency? More heat passes through one square foot of glass than an entire wall and awnings lower the internal temperature of your house by reducing solar heat gain (the percentage of solar radiation absorbed through a window).
Of course, awnings are not just about keeping the interior of your home cool and comfortable. They likewise shield your furnishings and hardwood floors from UV damage. If you wish to keep the finish on your furniture from fading prematurely, that is another good reason to invest in window awnings.
You can also get retractable Awnings on your deck or porch to create an outdoor living space that friends or family can enjoy. With many designs and colour choices available, you can turn a sultry patio into a cool retreat.
Are you looking to get started with a good set of quality window awnings for your home? Give us a call here at “Shutters Australia” on 1300 853 206 or check out our awning showroom in Sydney.