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The Impact of Commercial Awnings on Energy Use

Posted on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at 11:47 am.
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Learn how commercial awnings can improve your building’s energy use.

Reduced energy consumption is a goal for many commercial properties. Fortunately, an innovative and simple way to save energy on a regular basis exists. By installing commercial awnings over your business’s doors and windows, you can reduce your energy use significantly by spending much less on heating and cooling your building. There are three primary ways in which new commercial awnings impact energy use; read on to learn how these attractive accessories can help you save money. 

Awnings Reduce Solar Radiation

Throughout the hottest months, your building can be affected by solar radiation. When solar rays hit windows, they penetrate your indoor spaces and cause your building’s temperature to rise rapidly, as well as heat the windows themselves. When you install commercial awnings, you can cut down on that solar radiation significantly. Your new awnings keep your building cool, which reduces the energy use required for running an air conditioner all day. 

Cut Back on Heat Gain

Solar heat gain can also have a dramatic impact on the overall energy use of your property. When your windows and doors are exposed to high amounts of solar heat, they spread this heat into your interior rooms. Installing new canvas awnings can help you cut back on heat gain by as much as 65 percent, which leads to significant energy savings over time. 

If you install retractable awnings, you may use heat gain for good during the winter. During that time, you may retract awnings above certain windows to let in sunlight which will naturally heat interior rooms through heat gain. 

Improved Performance of Tinted Glass

If you have previously tried to reduce heat gain through tinted windows but have found the method ineffective, incorporating an awning may help. Awnings are more effective than tinted windows in the prevention of solar heat gain. However, when you combine the two methods, you will achieve the ultimate in UV protection for the building and enjoy the biggest decrease in energy use and cooling costs. 

If you are looking for a cost-effective way to decrease your building’s energy use, commercial awnings are worth considering. They not only provide shade and natural cooling properties, but they also offer you an opportunity to increase the visibility and functionality of your property, as well as boost the awareness of your business to passersby and returning 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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