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Reduce energy costs with window awnings
December 16th, 2015 · Published to Awnings by nicole
Summer in Brisbane may be the season of fun and enjoyment, but it’s also when energy bills are at the highest. While there are several different ways to save energy and reduce costs, one of the best is to prevent solar heat from entering the home through the windows by installing awnings. Unfortunately, awnings aren’t created equally and simply flicking through Brisbane window awnings advertisements won’t guarantee that you’ll find the ones that can reduce your energy bills significantly.
Before you search the market for window awnings, you should be aware that certain types prevent the build up of solar heat in the home better than others do. If you’re going to invest in awnings, you might as well purchase the ones that will give you the most benefit.
You also need to know that Brisbane window awnings distributors or suppliers will likely be selling different brands. While there is nothing wrong with this, there is a chance that the supplier or distributor may not be well versed in the features of each brand. When searching for awnings, it’s better to approach manufacturers or distributors that are dedicated to the distribution of a single brand.
Features to look for in window awnings
The most important feature of a window awning is its ability to block sunlight thus preventing the build up solar heat in the home. Studies show that majority of excess heat in the home is caused by sunlight entering the windows. The excess heat forces air conditioning units to work harder and consume more energy, thus resulting in high electric bills.
Window awnings block sunlight thus reducing the amount of energy needed to cool the home. The amount of money saved on energy bills differ, but many report savings of around 40% to 60%. For most households, that’s a substantial amount of money.
Unfortunately, not all Brisbane window awning manufactures are capable of providing that much energy savings. Traditional window awnings were made of canvas, metal or aluminium sheets. While these materials can block sunlight, they don’t do very well in terms of preventing heat build up. In fact, if you stand below these types of awnings on a hot summer day, you’ll notice how much heat builds up. This heat can still pass through the window and walls.
Modern energy efficient awnings are manufactured using synthetic materials that prevent heat from passing through. Additionally, these types of awnings are designed with vents so that if heat does pass through the material it simply passes through the vents without entering the home.
Another feature that you might want to consider before approaching a Brisbane window awning manufacture is if you need the awning to retract. Summer doesn’t last for entire year, which means that you won’t need the awnings all the time. During winter or the cold months, heat from the sun can also be beneficial. You won’t need to use heating appliances as much, thus also saving energy during the cold months. Read more about this at ‘Pros & Cons of Retractable Awnings’.
It is possible to save a significant amount of money on energy bills by installing window awnings. However, make sure that you purchase ones that are energy efficient. If you want to ensure that you’ll be purchasing the right type, then visit Global Shade. We are a trusted Brisbane window awnings manufacturer simply because all of our products are manufactured in accordance with the highest quality standards. Call 1800 724 407 or visit our offices for more information on energy efficient window awnings.