Window Awnings: Why they Work

June 1, 2018

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​When it comes to shading your home, office, or business, it takes more than just planting a few trees and installing one big awning. In fact, properly shading your building requires that you take a look at the whole picture.

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​Installing a large awning for your patio, backyard, or entryway is a great way to start keeping your building cool. But, we tend to forget the windows! You might be thinking, why should you bother shading your windows? The answer is simple, because it works. Window awnings have been proven to reduce energy bills. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, window coverings can actually reduce the loss of energy in your home.

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​Windows can cause about 30 percent of a home’s heating energy loss and 76 percent of sunlight that comes through a standard double-pane window become heat, according to the Department of Energy. This means you have to use more energy to cool and heat your home. However, if you install a “window treatment” like an awning or other shade structure, the result will be savings. The amount of savings depends on the type of shade you use. Visit the Department’s energy efficient window treatment information page for more on this. 

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​Window awnings can reduce solar heat gain in your home or office in the summer by up to 65 percent on south-facing windows and 77 percent on west-facing windows, according to the Department of Energy. They can also add a level of aesthetic to your house that can increase its value. In fact, window awnings are also great for businesses who can utilize the space on the fabric to print logos and designs to help attract potential clientele. 

​Window awnings are a useful way to keep your whole home cool and ensure that every pane is covered and every opportunity to reduce solar heat gain. Keep in mind that awnings also help protect you from the harmful UV rays; it’s just a win-win situation.
Now that you know a little more about window awnings and why they work, let us know how we can help you with your next shade structure project. For more information about awnings and other shade structures, feel free to contact us at American Awning & Blind Co. by visiting us at (Our California Contractors License is #999050). Or give us a call at 800-654-5933. You can also email us at