It's never too early to think about how one can save one's self from discomfort, not to mention save more money, and even help save the environment. This is why an an article written by Donna Boyle Schwartz for BobVila.com may prove interesting to homeowners looking ahead to the coming spring and summer, even as the calendar year is still drawing to a close.
According to the article:
The American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers recommends that homeowners use “optimized and/or moveable external shading devices, such as overhangs, awnings, and side fins” to minimize a building’s heat load. A fabric awning reduces heat gain by 55% to 65% during those hours when the sun shines directly on southern-facing windows or glass doors. That figure jumps to between 72% and 77% for western exposures.
Fixed or retractable awnings can significantly reduce a home’s air conditioning usage in the summer, saving an estimated $200 or more annually, according to a study from the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA).
As such, these additional fixtures may considerably help homeowners who are looking for ways to reduce their cooling costs and to protect their interior furniture from the sun. Because they can cut down an air conditioner's regular load by as much as 20%, awnings are also a viable option for people who are conscious about maintaining eco-friendly homes.
Moreover, because they are versatile, awning windows are a good choice for your replacement windows in Maine. This type of window can still be opened even on rainy days without letting water inside your house. Whether it is raining or scorching hot outside, they increase the air circulation in homes. Moreover, they can protect interiors against moisture.
Aside from this, because of the fact that awning windows can be placed higher up walls, they help in facilitating the entry of natural light into your home. Also, they give a more attractive and contemporary look since they can be swung open from their bottom edge.
When choosing your replacement windows in Kennebunk or elsewhere in Maine, always remember to consider awning windows especially if you are trying to save more on energy costs. Hire a window expert like Renewal by Andersen to have these fixtures installed over your kitchen sinks, bathrooms, or other places where space is limited.
(Info from Use Awnings to Reduce Energy Costs in Summer, BobVila.com)