Solar shades and awnings can help homeowners beat the heat (video)

Solar shades and awnings can help homeowners beat the heat (video)

Recent record heat across the U.S. has reinforced the need for energy solutions in older homes. A recently released video from the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) shows how investing now in fabric awnings and exterior shades can have an immediate impact on keeping older homes comfortable and reducing energy costs in the warm months still ahead, as well as in years to come.

Energy innovations for new homes are abundant but seldom apply to older homes. The video provides current data about this affordable, easy energy solution that can save homeowners in some areas of the country up to 50 percent in cooling costs. And, while record heat has already impacted homeowners this summer, a smart retrofit now will get them ahead of the curve in 2014.

“People don’t realize that there are eco-friendly ways to stay cool,” said Byron Yonce, MFC, past chairman of PAMA. “Awnings and shades work with your AC to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.” 

Fabric Awnings and External Shades Provide Measurable Heat Relief for Older Homes

The video highlights a 50-city, 2012 energy study, sponsored by PAMA, that focuses on older homes in the U.S. These homes are typically smaller and less insulated than newer construction. Resulting data supports awnings and solar shades as "smart" upgrades for older homes.

For example, awnings on a home with single or double glazed windows in heat-ravaged areas of the U.S. like the southwest and east U.S. can reduce cooling energy by over 30 percent in a hot year compared to the same house without awnings. In a hot city like Miami, Fla., the estimated net savings was nearly $200.

"Fabric awnings are an easy home solution that keep you comfortable, while reducing energy used by running air conditioners at full-blast. This video provides a light overview of corroborating data," said Michelle Sahlin, managing director of PAMA.

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