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Reduce Your Energy Usage With Stylish Awnings This Summer

Posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2023 at 10:12 am.
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Reduce your energy usage with stylish awnings this summer.

Reducing your energy consumption is a worthwhile pursuit for any homeowner or business owner. Less energy consumption not only benefits the environment but means your utility expenses decrease, leaving you with more money to invest elsewhere. While there are several steps you can take to update appliances or devices throughout the interior of your property to improve energy usage, there are fewer options for an exterior design that enhances efficiency. One of the best ways to reduce energy usage is by installing custom awnings for your property. When you hire experienced designers at Carroll Architectural Shade, you can ensure that your new awnings improve your energy efficiency and add style and appeal to your building. 

Awnings Reduce Your Building’s Heat Gain 

When the windows in your home or business are consistently exposed to high heat levels – such as during long spring and summer days – that heat accumulates inside the property. When this heat gain occurs, it can be challenging to maintain a comfortable temperature in your building. Often, you need to turn up your air conditioning and get that working hard to balance out the heat gain.

When you install stylish window awnings on your home or business, you drastically reduce the heat gain that makes its way into your building’s interior. The shade provided by awnings is enough to cut back on the direct sunlight pouring through your windows. When you can minimize the heat transferred to your interior, you don’t need to rely on high-powered air conditioning to combat heat gain. Instead, you can enjoy more consistent and moderate temperatures while cutting back on those utility expenses. 

Use Strategic Awning Positioning

Of course, it’s not just installing awnings alone that helps you reduce your energy usage. A key factor is where you install and position your new awnings. Every property has windows that receive more sunlight than others, based on their position towards the sun. For example, if you place your awnings on the windows facing west, you can reduce the amount of solar heat entering your building by 77%. If you install awnings on windows facing south, you may enjoy as much as a 65% decrease in solar heat. When you install your new awnings with Carroll Architectural Shade, your designers can recommend the best locations for your awnings to help you efficiently reduce heat gain. 

Consider Retractable Awnings for Flexibility 

There are two primary types of window awnings: fixed and retractable. Fixed awnings are installed to stay fixed in a permanent spot year-round. Retractable awnings are designed to be opened or closed whenever the user desires. If you are concerned about your awnings being affected by weather, consider using retractable awnings that can fold up and avoid damage. Additionally, retractable awnings can be closed on cloudy days or during the fall and winter to take advantage of the sunlight and heat gain. When you need help heating your building in the cooler months or want to let in a little more natural light, you can choose to close your retractable awning. 

If you are ready to reduce your energy usage, one of the most effective and practical things you can do is install new awnings designed to fit your property and last for years. You can find these awnings at Carroll Architectural Shade. 


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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