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5 Benefits of Installing a Retractable Awning
1. Reduces Cooling Bills in Your Home
Awnings limit direct sunlight and therefore help you save on energy bills. Having an awning can decrease your AC bills by 20% during the summer. Awnings can also shade your outdoor AC unitin the summer to keep it cooler for energy efficiency.
2. Protects Furniture and Flooring from Sun Damage Inside Your Home
Installing awnings can protect your indoor and outdoor space from the weather, prolonging the longevity of your outdoor furniture by preventing exposure to direct sun, snow, and rainfall that can cause deterioration and discoloration. Awnings can also help prevent the UV rays from coming in through your windows damaging your indoor furniture or flooring that may be getting exposure
3. Reduces the Surface Temperature of Your Deck or Outdoor Space
One study found that in direct sunlight, composite decks can reach temperatures from 34° to 76° F hotter than the surrounding air. So, on an 80° day, that could mean a deck surface temperature reaches more than 150°. By installing an awning over your deck space, you can keep the surface temperature down allowing you and your pets to safely walk on and enjoy your outdoor space.
4. Reduces the Air Temperature of Your Outside Space
In the summer, you may want to invite your friends over or let your kids play outdoors, but are worried about the effects of prolonged sun exposure! Adding a retractable awning to your outdoor space can help increase your comfort by decreasing the temperature by 20 degrees and decreasing the number of UV rays beating down on you. You can enjoy warm weather or rainy days under the protection of an awning. It opens up a whole new space for outdoor living.
5. Warms Your Home in The Winter
During the winter you can keep your retractable awning closed allowing more sunlight inside your home. This will help increase the temperature inside your home and keep your heating bill down.