Awnings are enjoying a resurgence in many Australian homes. They are valuable home design features that were used to keep homes cools in the days before air conditioning.
However, with the increased focus on sustainable design, homeowners are now renewing interest in the power awnings. Other than their aesthetic appeal, here's why awnings are essential to your home.
Increased energy efficiency
Are your utility bills a little bit high for your comfort? Is your home uncomfortably warm during the late afternoon hours? Installing awnings on several windows in your home can help you solve these problems.
During hot sunny days, windows trap and release heat into your home. This means your air conditioner has to work hard to maintain a cool climate in your home. Installing awnings over your windows helps block the sun from entering your home during hot days which saves you a surprisingly large amount in cooling costs.
Although limiting sunlight in your home is ideal for those hot summer days, you might crave light and warmth during winter. If this is the case, consider installing retractable awnings, since you can easily adjust them to suit different seasons.
Prevent harmful UV rays
Harmful UV rays can be damaging to both your skin and your household fabrics. With regular exposure from the sun, your fabrics, flooring or wallpapers will begin to fade. Awnings can help filter out harmful UV rays from entering your home.
Increase liveable space
Now that your deck has ample shading adding comfortable outdoor furniture significantly increases your living space. You can sit back and relax while your kids play in the fresh air rather than the stuffy house. Also, the shade provides more room to entertain your friends and family.
Improved curb appeal
Since awnings come in a huge variety of styles and fabrics, they can help enhance the architectural design of your home thus giving it improved curb appeal. Other than providing much-needed shade, awnings make your home appear more inviting.
Attractive awnings are more visually appealing to potential buyers, which translates into increased resale value in case you ever make a decision to sell your home.
Provide added protection to your belongings
Other than increasing the life of your outdoor furniture, awnings help keep your interior belongings in stellar condition. Awnings keep the sun from wreaking havoc on your expensive hardwood floors, furniture, and your fine art collection. With awnings, your belongings will live a long healthy life without cracking, peeling or fading.