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How Commercial Awnings Can Decrease Energy Consumption

Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at 4:19 pm.
commercial awnings decrease energy consumption

Commercial awnings can help businesses save on their energy costs.

Many commercial businesses are looking for ways to reduce energy consumption. Energy costs can be a sizable portion of your monthly business expenses, so exploring methods that reduce your energy needs is a valuable investment. Awnings are a popular tool for businesses that want to reduce cooling costs for their building naturally. Commercial awnings can provide a few significant energy savings for a variety of businesses. Read on to learn more about what awnings can provide in addition to style and shade. 

Commercial Awnings Reduce Solar Radiation 

During the hottest months of the year, your building is affected by solar radiation. This refers to when solar rays hit your windows and penetrate your indoor spaces. This increases the temperature of your building at a rapid rate. However, with commercial awnings, you can cut down on this radiation significantly. Your new awnings shade your windows and significantly cut back on solar radiation. This keeps your building cool, which means your air conditioner needs to run less frequently. 

Awnings Cut Back on Heat Gain

Solar heat gain is another significant factor that impacts the energy use of your building. When windows are exposed to high amounts of solar heat, they spread this heat into your interior spaces. This means that the entire building becomes hotter and more uncomfortable, not just the areas near the windows. Installing commercial awnings helps decrease the spread of heat throughout your business. Awnings can cut back on your building’s heat gain by as much as 65 percent, which provides terrific energy savings over time. 

Commercial Awnings Improve Tinted Glass Performance

If you had previously installed tinted windows to cut back on energy consumption but found that these installations haven’t quite reduced your energy bills, new awnings can improve their performance. Shade awnings are much more effective at reducing cooling costs than tinted windows. However, when you combine the two, you benefit from ultimate energy savings and UV protection. 

Retractable Awnings Decrease Heating Costs

While awnings can provide valuable shade during hot months, keeping your business at a cool temperature, you may want that natural warmth in the winter. If you install retractable awnings, you can use them for shade during the summer and pull them closed during the winter. This allows sunlight to enter your building and naturally increase your indoor temperatures, so you don’t need to rely solely on your heating unit. 

These additions to your building not only help you save on energy-related expenses but creates a comfortable environment for your employees and customers. 


Through our combined locations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Carroll Architectural Shade provides innovative craftsmanship, superb service, competitive pricing, and unfailing attention to detail for customers throughout Maryland and Virginia.

Our highly skilled craftsmen design and custom manufacture shade products in house, including commercial awnings, residential awnings, retractable awnings, roll up curtains, aluminum awnings, and flat metal canopies. Founded in 1958 by James Carroll Sr., and still family-owned by his sons today, Carroll Architectural Shade remains committed to delivering top quality craftsmanship and service.

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