How Commercial Awnings Reduce Energy Use

November 20, 2020

For many businesses, reducing energy consumption is a top priority, both to improve their own energy efficiency and environmental friendliness while also reducing overall costs on utilities. While there are many steps you can take with appliances and other more technical elements inside your business property, there are also a few things you can do on the exterior of your Houston, TX property to help you reduce energy use as well, including adding energy efficient awnings.

Commercial awnings can help you reduce the amount of money you have to spend on heating and cooling at your business property. In working with a professional, you can develop these energy efficient window attachments in a way that maximizes efficiency while also delivering an appearance that’s consistent with your brand.

Here’s an overview of how these awnings can help business properties cut down on energy consumption.

Reduced heat gain

Solar heat gain can have a drastic effect on the amount of energy your building consumes. Windows that are constantly exposed to high levels of heat will begin to spread that heat into interior areas, which is not at all what you want if you hope to maintain consistent temperatures. By adding some canvas awnings over these windows, you will significantly cut down on the amount of heat that gets transferred into and through the windows, which in turn reduces heat gain by a significant amount. The resulting energy savings can be huge, and translate into big-time financial benefits as well.

Benefits for tinted glass

If you have window tinting on some of your windows, then you’ve already likely improved your ability to resist heat gain. But adding awnings can make that window tinting even more effective.

Some people who add window tint might find the installation is ineffective at first when it comes to reducing energy bills, which is why awnings can be so beneficial. Those awnings are generally more effective than window films when it comes to preventing solar heat gain, and by combining the awning with window tint you’re able to exponentially improve your UV protection. You should consider adding an awning even if you already have window tint—it’s not a waste of money to use multiple methods of reducing solar heat gain, but instead a way for you to maximize the results you get and the energy you save.

Cut down on solar radiation

Your building can and will be affected by solar radiation during the hottest months of the year. When the sun’s rays collide with your windows, they will go into your indoor spaces and cause the temperature inside to rise. By installing commercial awnings, you’re able to cut down on some of that solar radiation because you’re blocking a lot of the sun’s rays from directly entering your building. This makes it much easier for you to keep your building cool, cutting down on how much energy you consume while running an air conditioner.

For more information about energy efficient awnings and window attachments in Houston, TX and their effect on heat gain, contact the team at ABC Awning Company today.

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