It's time you say 'no' to the scorching summer sun and protect your family and pets. Protect your entire home with seasonal and year-round awnings from O'Neal Awning Company - the experts in all types of residential awnings.
Guard your family and enhance your backyard with a fabric awning. Your family’s health is important. Protect them while they enjoy the outdoors with a beautiful, easy-to-use home enhancement – an awning for your deck or patio!
Shade gives us comfort from the summer sun. Our fabric awnings protect you from the sun and rain. You can enjoy your daily activities in the outdoor spaces by avoiding exposure to the harmful UV rays and scorching heat.
Awnings also protect your furnishings. Most of the fabrics we use to make our awnings can block the damaging rays and are endorsed by The Skin Cancer Foundation, which is an international body committed to controlling skin cancer.
Canopies and awnings are also very useful in providing all-round protection for your furniture, carpets, and drapes so that their color doesn't fade. They also provide a cool shade for your pets in places where natural shades like trees are absent.
A new energy study funded by The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) shows that fabric awnings and exterior shades can help homeowners reduce cooling costs by as much as $200 annually, which is more than 50% savings.
This sweeping study conducted in 50 cities has proved awnings are a smart solution to the increasing energy consumption in our residences. With awnings, you will be able to:
- Save a good amount of money by cutting heavily on your electricity bills
- Increase the overall comfort by bringing down the temperature inside your house
- Reduce the mechanical wear and tear of your air conditioner by a large margin
“People don’t realize that there are more eco-friendly ways to stay cool,” says Byron Once, MFC, Chairman of PAMA. “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”
The last summer showed a record high in temperatures, leading to a rise in power expenses. Situations such as this bring to light the crucial roles awnings can play in cutting down on your electricity bills.
“The significance of this type of energy savings extends beyond reduced home expenses,” said Joe Huang, president of White Box Technology, who conducted the study. “When numerous homeowners in a community reduce their energy use, there is less demand for energy during peak usage, resulting in overall savings to utility companies and the public.”
The study concluded that awnings installed on homes in Pittsburgh, PA with single or double glazed windows can cut down cooling energy by 46-50% in comparison to the same house without awnings. The total savings can range from $81 to $102.
“The sun’s rays coming through the glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner,” says Michelle Sahlin, Managing Director of PAMA. “Awnings reduce direct solar gain through the windows.”
The study covered a number of cities, shade designs, and fabrics. The total energy saved depended on the number of windows, the type of glass, the window orientation and the regional climate.
“Homeowners often ask how well awnings and roller screens will help to cool their home and make them more comfortable. So, PAMA initiated this study to develop credible information about the performance of window shading, as we work to educate homeowners and the industry,” says John Gant, PAMA’s Energy Committee Chairman. “This research uses complex computer simulations for a wide range of variables to generate predictions of the energy conservation.”
The study covered the following cities: