High energy bills are unfortunately common, and in some cases, these bills are unmanageable for homeowners. You may be struggling to find a comfortable balance between indoor temperature and affordable utility bills. If you have been searching for a way to save money on energy costs out of a strong desire or even an urgent need to save money, the benefits of installing awnings over your windows and doorways cannot be overstated. Awnings may have a permanent position over your exterior doors and windows, or they may be retractable for use as needed. Regardless of the type of awnings that you install on your home, you can enjoy incredible energy savings through several important factors. With a closer look at how awnings can promote energy efficiency at home, you may be ready to start exploring some of the many beautiful styles of awnings that may be a wonderful aesthetic addition to the exterior of your home.
Blocking the Intensity of Direct Sunlight
If your home is like most, it may have at least a few windows and possibly a few doors that are exposed to direct sunlight. Depending on weather conditions and the seasonal position of the sun, these doors and windows may experience intense solar heating from hours of direct exposure to sunlight. The heat from the sun can transmit through the windows and doors to impact the temperature inside the home. Awnings over the windows and doors can block most or sometimes all of the direct sunlight so that only indirect light enters the home through the windows. The awning absorbs most of the solar heat, and this keeps your doors and windows cooler. Because the interior of the home is not as dramatically affected by solar heating, you may notice that your HVAC system runs less frequently. Your HVAC system may be one of the largest consumers of energy in the home, so the ability to reduce its usage can have a potentially huge impact on your energy bills.
Allowing Indirect Natural Light to Filter In
There are other ways to block sunlight and solar heating from affecting the home. For example, you can install blackout shades in the home. There are also wood slat blinds or vinyl horizontal blinds that can block most of the sunlight. The problem that many people have with these features is that their home’s interior is dark and dreary without sunlight entering the space. If they choose to keep sunlight blocked, they may have to waste energy by turning on lamps and overhead lights during the day. Otherwise, they may need to adjust the blinds so that sunlight and heat enter the home. The experience is different with an awning. Keep in mind that an awing covers the top of your windows so that direct sunlight does not penetrate into the space. Natural light may indirectly filter into your home even when an awning is protecting your home from solar heating. This gives you the ability to control the temperature in the home without having to deal with a dark interior throughout the day.
Cooling from Shade
On very warm or hot days, you understandably need to run your HVAC system even with awnings over the windows. The awnings may decrease the need for the HVAC system to run so frequently, but cooled air may still be necessary for comfort. On mild days, the ability to block the windows from indirect sunlight and to create extra shade around house can actually create a cooling effect for the home. In fact, you may even be able to open the windows to enjoy a cool breeze circulating throughout the home and completely shut the HVAC system off.
The actual benefits that your home may receive from the installation of awnings will depend on many factors. For example, your climate, the natural shade from vegetation around the home, the position of your doors and windows in relation to the sun’s location and more will play a role in how beneficial awnings may be. If you decide to install awnings over some or all of your windows and doors, spend time exploring all of the options before deciding on the right material and style to use.