Save Energy and Provide Protection
The benefits of awnings go far beyond aesthetic appeal. Awnings can enhance the look of an ordinary home or business through adding shape, dimension and color. Residential awnings can substantially save energy and provide protection from nature’s uncontrollable elements.
In a typical home, more energy is lost through glass doors and windows than through any other construction element. In fact, on a hot day, more energy comes through one square foot of glass than through an entire insulated wall. Solar radiation through glass is responsible for approximately 20% of the load on an air conditioner.
Awnings offer energy savings benefits as well as protect furniture, floors and carpets from fading caused by harsh sunrays. You can actually feel the energy saving benefits!
Window films and lightly tinted glass effectively reduce heat gain, as well as glare. Properly designed awnings accomplish the same purpose and substantially increase energy savings over the film and tinted glass alternatives.
In studies by the American Society of Heating and Air conditioning engineers, during the period of the day when the sun shines directly on southern facing windows, a fabric awning reduces heat gain by 55 % to 65 %. For western exposure, the reduction in heat gain is 72% to 77%.