4 Ways an Awning is Energy Efficient

An awning is an overhang or a secondary covering that is attached to a building’s exterior wall. It may have an aluminum structure with an aluminum sheeting. It can also be composed of a cotton, polyester or acrylic canvas material or vinyl that is laminated to a polyester fabric that is tightly stretched over a structure of aluminum, steel, or iron.

Following are ways that an awning is energy efficient:

1. Located above a window, a door, or along a sidewalk, an aluminum awning is preferred when a fabric awning is not practical because of wind or snow loads. Today’s awnings made from synthetics such as polyvinyl laminates and acrylic are water-repellent and are also treated to resist fading and mildew.

2. When columns are added, an awning becomes a canopy that can be further extended and protect customers at a restaurant’s outdoor area when they are dining or having a party or a meeting. When used as an entrance to a hotel or a commercial building, the canopy protects those who are trying to enter and keeps them out of inclement weather. Otherwise, some type of heat or air conditioning may be required in the area for the comfort of customers.

3. Window awnings can reduce solar heat in the summertime by as much as 65 percent on windows facing south and by 77 percent on windows facing west. Awnings need ventilation to keep hot air from accumulating around the window. Grommets or other openings are normally arranged along the sides and tops to provide that ventilation.

4. An awning shades areas, including outdoor living spaces, from the sun’s heat and glare, rain, wind, and snow. You can save energy during the different seasons by keeping awnings closed in the summer heat and open somewhat in the winter to allow lower-angle winter sunlight to reach the windows.

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