Awnings and Energy Saving

Utah residents know how awnings can enhance the appearance of their homes and protect their skin from harmful UV rays. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and great providers of shade, awnings can raise the value of Utah homes by expanding their living spaces, as well as increase their energy efficiency, saving home owners hundreds of dollars on energy bills.

A retractable awning extending over a deck or patio creates an outdoor living space shielded from all sorts of weather, attracting buyers and realtors alike. When installed in the right place, awnings can raise the property value of a home, increasing its curb appeal and helping it sell. With more and more Utah residents wanting to go green, houses with great energy efficiency sell better on the market. Awnings can increase the energy efficiency of a home and save home owners hundreds of dollars in energy costs. 

Awnings keep a home cool without using energy. When solar radiation passes through the windows on a home, internal heat gets trapped and rises, increasing the internal temperature of the home. Window awnings reflect sunlight back into the atmosphere, preventing it from entering the home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in the summer by up to 65 percent on south-facing windows and 77 percent on west-facing windows.” By installing window awnings, Utah residents can reduce their homes’ internal temperatures, using their air conditioners less, saving energy and cutting down their monthly energy costs. 

Byron Yonce, MFC, chairman of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) says, “People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool. While turning up the air conditioner results  in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.” Subject to where their homes are located, awnings can save Utah residents up to $ 200 per year by reducing the burden on their air conditioners. 

According to a study conducted by PAMA, window awnings may reduce cooling energy within households by up to 26 percent in hot climates and 33 percent in cold climates. “Energy efficiency, extended outdoor living and the potential for lower electrical bills are some of the most valuable reasons to purchase an awning for your home,” says Michelle Sahlin, managing director of PAMA. “Dollar for dollar, the value of this investment is hard to match when considering home upgrades.”

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