Awnings have always been used in both commercial and residential buildings to control the entry of heat in indoor spaces. However, the advent of air conditioning reduced their popularity, especially that of window awnings. Rising energy costs are now seeing these awnings make a comeback with many buildings increasingly opting to install them as an affordable and accessible means of creating an energy efficient space.
How do window awnings contribute towards energy efficiency at home?
Window awnings and blinds offer economical solutions to keeping home interiors cool and comfortable without the need to switch on the energy-intensive air conditioning system. These window accessories are no longer decorative pieces; recent studies by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) reveal that homeowners can save as much as 50 percent on their cooling expenses just by installing awnings on their windows.
This is how awnings can improve energy efficiency in your home: More heat passes through one square foot of glass than an entire wall. Awnings lower the internal temperature of your house by reducing solar heat gain, i.e., the percentage of solar radiation absorbed through a window.
Window awnings deliver a whole range of advantages to a home beyond just keeping the interiors cool by reducing the entry of heat. They can shield your furnishings and hardwood floors from UV damage; and help retain the finish on your furniture by preventing premature fading.
Retractable awnings on the deck or porch help create an outdoor living space that you can enjoy with friends or family throughout the year, regardless of the weather.
Window awnings come in a broad range of designs and colour choices. Get started with a good set of quality window awnings for your home by visiting the Shutters Australia awning showroom in Sydney.