As we become increasingly aware of green lifestyles and energy-efficient home appliances, studies conducted by many organizations have shown that retractable awnings can reduce our homes’ overall energy consumption.
For example, Sunesta awnings or other types of awnings can lower your air conditioning costs by up to 25 percent, according to the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. And, according to the American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning, awnings can lower interior heat gain by as much as 77 percent.
And that’s not all! The Department of Energy maintains that awnings block up to 90 percent of solar heat absorbed by windows. Finally, according to the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota, awnings achieve energy savings through the reduction of direct solar absorption through windows. This study compared the energy-efficiency of homes without awnings and those with awnings in 12 American cities.
In cooler climates, awnings saved homeowners an average of 23 percent on cooling costs per year. In hotter climates, homes with awnings saved between 14 and 20 percent on cooling costs per year. The study also showed that homes with retractable awnings, screens and other shaded roof systems achieved the lowest energy consumption by retracting them in winter and extending them in summer.
If you’re planning a home improvement project, don’t forget about Sunesta awnings from New Horizons! All components and features on Sunesta awnings are designed with innovation and energy-efficiency in mind.