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3 Ways to Save Money by Investing in a Home Awning

Digital Strategies Support - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

For homeowners, finding something to add to the home that looks good and saves money is like finding the holy grail. The search is over, because a home awning comes with both money savings and a beautiful aesthetic that you can’t get from many other home additions.

We know what you’re thinking: how does a home awning save me money?

Let us answer your question with some questions of our own.

  • Did you know that the sun coming in through your windows can be responsible for as much as 20% of the work your air conditioner puts in?
  • Did you know that in 1990 alone, residential and commercial buildings in the U.S. spent $20 billion on energy to offset the heat gain and loss through windows?
  • Did you know that awnings can reduce the amount of heat coming in through your windows by as much as 77%?

Keeping the sun out during the summer saves you money on keeping your home cool. Even better, reducing your air conditioners’ work load may even help it last longer and work better. Here are three ways to use home awnings to help your home stay cool and look good.

#1 Window Awnings

One of the most effective ways to keep sun from coming in through windows is with a window awning. Available in a variety of styles and fabrics from Dorchester Awnings, a window awning shades your windows and keeps the sun out. As we mentioned, that keeps the sun from coming in but it also protects the inside of your home from sun damage. Sun coming in through glass can cause your furniture, carpet, rugs, and hardwood floors to fade, which can be expensive down the line.

We have window awnings to match virtually any style and preference. Traditional, colonial, ultra-modern, and every style in between can find an awning to be the perfect complement.

#2 Shaded Patio or Deck

An amazing addition to pretty much any home is an outdoor gathering space like a patio or deck. In most cases, a patio or deck is framed by windows that showcase the view to the yard but also let in sunlight. Adding shade to a patio or deck with an awning is a great way to still get that view but prevent the sun from coming inside.

Dorchester Awnings offers outdoor shades that are retractable or permanent, giving you options for your home. Both retractable and permanent awnings are easy to maintain and available in a variety of styles to match your home. 

#3 Door Awnings

Doors are a less likely culprit for gaining heat, but glass doors provide a large area through which sunlight can enter your home. Installing an awning over the top of a door adds a nice, finished look to your home while providing the energy saving benefits we’ve already mentioned.

Just like our window awnings and patio shades, our door awnings come in a range of colors, shapes, and styles. Easy to install and even easier to maintain, a door awning is the perfect finishing touch to your energy-saving additions.

Investing in a home awning is a smart way to up the curb appeal of your home and keep your cooling costs down in the summer. Take a look at Dorchester Awnings’ options for your home, and see what you can do to save a little dough every summer. 


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