(General Awnings, LLC PO Box 461294 Aurora, CO 80046-1294)
Outdoor window coverings have the ability to stop light and heat before they ever hit your windows. This means that an awning can be an even more effective way to control the climate inside your home than with blinds or curtains alone. There are a lot of options for good awnings, and you need to consider all the alternatives before you make your purchase.
Simple window awnings can help you increase the energy efficiency of your home by naturally keeping the house cooler in the summer months. This can save you a lot of money because you will rely on your air conditioner much less. Of course, in the winter months when you want to let a little more light and warmth in, there are still some options for that, too.
Types of Awnings
When you are choosing the awnings for your home, you there are a number of things to consider. The most common styles include fabric awnings, an aluminum awning, dome awnings, Euro shutters, or an extra large porch awning. Each of these styles provides the same basic benefits, and the choice here is going to depend on how they fit or accentuate the rest of your house.
The next choice is between permanent or retractable awnings. This is where you can really control the amount of light and heat that gets through your windows in warm or cold months. In the summer you can roll out the awning to get some shade, and then when winter hits you can retract them and let in more warmth. Either way, you will be able to save some money on your heating and cooling bills.
On top of that, you can choose if you want a retractable awning that has a motorized deployment or one that uses a hand crank. The motorized versions are, of course, easy to use and you can quickly deploy the awning with the press of a button. Of course, the more moving parts something has the more it has a chance to break down. If you are worried about handling the maintenance, a hand crank model may be the better choice.
Budgeting and Installation
Even though good window awnings can save you a lot of money in the long run, getting an awning for every window on the house may not be in the immediate budget. If this is the case, you should focus on outfitting the windows on the south and west sides of the home. Studies have shown that awnings on the south side can reduce solar heat gain by up to 65% and the west side can provide a 77% reduction.
The sun can be your ally or enemy when it comes to controlling the temperatures in your home. If you have retractable awnings properly installed on the right windows, you will be able to use the sun to get the results you want.