It’s natural to feel the pull to be outside, and these retractable products make the outdoors more comfortable.

How to Live Your Best Florida Lifestyle

According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, if you want to feel more alive, you need to go outside. October in Florida is usually the first month that offers a break from the heat, so Floridians want to be outside more. Unfortunately, the love bugs and mosquitoes are still out in full force. If you find yourself trapped inside your home by these pesky insects, motorized retractable screens just might be the answer for you.

How to Live Your Best Florida Lifestyle

Fresh Air & Sunshine

Motorized retractable screens give you the ability to be outside, enjoying the fresh air, while keeping those pesky bugs at bay. Then, once you are ready to feel the full effect of the outdoors, just click the button on your remote and the screens will retract out of sight until you need them again. These are some of the most popular options.

  • Motorized Retractable Screens for Shade and Privacy: The screen mesh comes in a variety of colors and ventilation options, so you can have a maximum cross breeze or up to 100 percent blockage for shade and privacy. They can be installed on the inside or outside of your home as well as on your pool cage for ultimate flexibility. If you’re building or rebuilding a screen enclosure, they can even be integrated into the design of the enclosure.
  • Motorized Retractable Vinyl Panels: These clear, vinyl window panels can completely close in your outdoor area, providing protection from the elements without obstructing your views. The vinyl panels can also be installed as a solid color to block the sun and outdoor elements as well as to offer privacy and security.
  • Motorized Retractable Awnings: Both practical and beautiful, they are available in hundreds of colors and provide shade on demand. Retractable awnings provide much-needed protection from the sun and make a big difference when you want to be outside with family and friends.

Richard Ryan, the lead author of the study mentioned above, says, “Nature is fuel for the soul.” So, if you want to spend more time enjoying the Florida lifestyle without mosquitoes buzzing in your ear then give retractable screens a try and go outside.


Chuck LaPeters is the president of New Horizons – Go Retractable!, which was established in 2003. The company provides premier retractable products, including screens, awnings, shades and security shutters.