Summer is famous for its high temperatures, and more homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their electricity bill due to excessive use of their air conditioner. Gold Coast locals are always wanting to enjoy beautiful weather, but the question of how they can sit outside and enjoy the fresh, whilst beating the heat is at the top of everyone’s minds.

Awnings on your exterior windows is one way to achieve this. These not only improve the appearance of your outdoor space, but they can also help in the following ways:

Awnings can help reduce electricity bills

Most homeowners are unaware that there are several affordable and eco-friendly ways to keep cool during the summer. While turning up the air conditioner is one way to accomplish this, it does result in higher energy bills and may even reduce the air conditioner’s life expectancy.

The sun’s rays passing through the window glass can account for up to 20% of the energy load experienced by the air conditioner during the summer. Gold Coast Awnings installed on your windows can reduce direct heat from the sun, resulting in a lower load on your air conditioner. Awnings will work in tandem with the appliance to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.

Several studies have shown that using fabric awnings can reduce heat gain by up to 60% during peak hours, and for windows facing west, it can reduce energy costs by nearly 50%. Your home will feel much cooler, especially if the glass is not constantly heated by the sun’s rays.

Looking to save on your energy bill but not sure what awnings are best for your home? Check out our tips on choosing the best awnings for your house.

Types of awnings

You can choose from a wide variety of awnings on the market. Awnings with pivot arms and retractable canopies are available in a variety of different styles. If you don’t have the space for awnings, you should consider investing in outdoor blinds.

Awnings that have been treated with water repellent and stain resistant finishes should be purchased. If you want to go the extra mile to protect your loved ones, you can also purchase flame-resistant awnings.