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Retractable awnings make your home’s interior cooler

Are there rooms in your house that get overheated by direct sunlight, places you avoid at certain times of the day? Do you frequently pull blinds to keep the temperatures down and prevent your furniture and wall paint from getting bleached out? If so, installing awnings over your windows will cut the heat gain by over 70 percent and glare by over 90 percent (study by American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers), creating an atmosphere of filtered sunlight that keeps your home inviting and comfortable at the same time.

Retractable awnings add curb appeal to your residence. This is especially true in neighborhoods where the houses are similar. As you’re probably aware, outside appearance is one of the biggest factors that influence prospective home buyers. By adding awnings to your deck, patio, doors, or garden areas, you’ll introduce a creative aesthetic that enhances your home’s existing colors and architecture.

Awnings increase energy efficiency. Aside from saving you cash on utility bills, research by the EPA show that energy efficiency also increases a house’s resale value, roughly $10-25 for every $1 saved on utilities. This is good news, since energy conservation is increasingly an issue for home owners, no matter where they live. Let’s break this down. Studies by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association reveals that awnings can reduce inside temperatures by up to 15 degrees. This, in turn, cuts air conditioning use by 25 percent, and results in energy savings anywhere from 25 to 34 percent, depending on climate. What does this mean?

Let’s assume you spend $80 on your power bill. In this case, well-situated awnings would save you at minimum $25 a month, and $300 a year. Let’s multiply that by the low figure ($10 resale value for every $1 saved), and that’s a $3000 increase in the value of your house. You would realize these savings by installing awnings over the sun-baked windows of your house (usually east, west, and south sides), and retracting them on cold or overcast days to capitalize on natural heating.

For Where Shade Is Made, shade structures such as fabric canopies and awnings, metal awnings, and sun screens, are a staple that we have been engineering and building for decades. Since the company’s inception, we have expanded from awnings into many areas, including ornamental metal, custom powder coating to name a few Our motorized awnings division is one of the oldest in and around Orange County, and is a leader in the Sothern California sun protection industry. With high quality products and a commitment to first-class service, a good deal of our business is from repeat and referral customers, but new customers are forever welcome!






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