Many people think that an awning serves only one purpose: to create a shaded area outside your house. But it is much more than that. It can also help in controlling the indoor temperature of your home, and even help you with saving more money by reducing energy costs.
An awning prevents the sun’s harsh glare and heat from penetrating your home. Thus, it protects your its interior walls and furnishings, leaving the overall room temperature with a much cooler feel.
Most Americans who live in warmer and arid regions have air conditioning units to cool their homes during the scorching summer heat. But do you know that an awning can also help in reducing energy costs by protecting your air conditioner from the sun’s harsh heat? In that way, the air conditioning will be more effective and efficient in cooling your home if it’s not directly exposed under the sun.
However, how well the air conditioner runs will depend on its placement outside your house. Some certain sides of your house will be exposed under the sun, and others will remain under the shade for the rest of the day. The awning will be most useful when used in areas where it gets the most sun exposure. However, if the air conditioner is situated on the shaded part of the house, it may not need an awning as additional shade.
Do not enclose your air conditioner!
While it is necessary to cover your air conditioner to protect it from direct sun exposure, some people entirely enclose the unit, which can lead to some problems.
Air conditioners need proper and unrestricted access to airflow so that they could be well ventilated. When air conditioners are well ventilated, they are less likely to experience mechanical and possibly electrical issues. Thus, they will be more efficient in cooling your home.
According to Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), the sun’s rays through the glass are accountable for nearly 20% of the load of your air conditioner. Just an awning over your air conditioning unit will be enough to minimize solar gain – or increase of temperature due to solar radiation through windows. You do not have to “box” the unit in with a full enclosure, or else, it won’t be working efficiently.
How much can you save by using an awning?
How much energy and money you can save depends on the size or type of the awning. But generally speaking, you will be able to save an estimated $200 or more every year by using either fixed or adjustable awnings, according to PAMA.
A lot of people fail to realize that there are more environmentally friendly ways to keep themselves cool. It is true that while using air conditioner results in increased energy bills, using awnings and shades will effectively make your homes cooler and minimize your need for additional energy.
Best awnings and shades for air conditioners
This awning is made of a combination of polycarbonate material and high-quality ABS resin plastic, which makes it resistant to both heat and cold. It is non-toxic, has a high resistance to flame and UV radiation, and also has a high resistance to snow and impact. Great for windows and doors, and also for your air conditioning unit.
2. Tangkula 40” x 40” Window
This polycarbonate awning is versatile and can be placed above windows and doors. It can also function as a balcony cover and as a protective shield to your air conditioning unit. It is durable and highly resistant to heat, moisture, snow, and impact. Its contemporary appearance provides a great decorative addition to your home.
3. The Lakeside Collection Sunshade Awning
This awning or canopy will provide adequate shelter and privacy for your balcony, deck, or patio. Place it on the sunniest areas of your home to block out the sun from penetrating the window and protect your air conditioner from experiencing a solar gain. It comes with a black frame with scrollwork accents that provide this awning a classic look. It measures 117″ width x 99-½” depth x 98″ high at the high side, and 82-½” high at the low side.
4. Aleko 4 x 2 Green Window Awning
Aleko’s green window awning is a great choice if you want a covering just for your air conditioner. Its classic look also adds a decorative touch to your home. It is easy to install and requires no special tools to do it.
5. Aleko 6 x 2 Multi-Stripe Green Window
Aleko is an excellent choice if you want a covering just for your air conditioner. Its classic green-and-white stripe look also adds a decorative touch and character to your home. It is quick and easy to install and doesn’t require any unique tool to do it.