There’s nothing worse than not being able to enjoy your deck or patio because of the scorching heat.
No one wants to sit outside when the sun is doing its best to roast you, which is why many people rarely use their decks to their fullest potential. However, with electric awnings you can change that because they will protect your family against the negative effects of the sun, allowing you to enjoy an extra living space.
What Are Electric Awnings?
Electric awnings are awnings that extend and retract automatically, with the help of electric motors. In other words, there’s no need for you to struggle with a heavy, manual awning, when you can simply retract it at the push of a button.
You will love this feature, especially during bad weather. You won’t have to be outside struggling, with the wind and rain pelting you, to retract your awning to protect it. You can simply flick the switch, or even stand inside and push a button on a remote, and watch as your awing retracts and is protected from the elements.
How do Electric Awnings Work?
Electric awnings are mounted on walls, much like their manual counterparts, except they don’t come with additional vertical, support arms as these are unnecessary. They have electric motors inside the roller bar, which generally don’t need service for years at a time. These motors extend the awning and retract it at the push of a button. Of course, they do require a power source but the savings you will make in energy thanks to a cooler home will easily offset any electricity the awning uses up, which is minimal in any case.
Choosing Electric Awnings
Choosing electric awnings is a matter of budget as well as style. Additionally, you have to take into account the area you wish to shade. This is because not all buildings can support an awning, or you might simply want to shade an area that doesn’t have a wall nearby you can use, such as the side of a pool. In this case, you could opt for a free-standing electric awning, which doesn’t need to be mounted on a wall.
Additionally, when it comes to style, there are a wide range of awning covers available, from various fabrics to aluminum and other materials. Fabric covers are usually more stylish since they are available in a wide range of colors and designs but aluminum covers tend to be more effective at keeping the temperature down. The type you choose depends on your preferences and requirements, as well as your budget.
Another highly important factor you need to look into before purchasing electric awnings is the manufacturer and the warranty they offer. While most awning manufacturers offer excellent quality, this is not mandatory, which is why you should do a little research into each manufacturer to find out what their customers say about them. Likewise, since awnings are susceptible to damage, especially due to high winds, it is wise to purchase an electric awning with a good warranty.
Electric awnings are a great way to save on energy costs by cooling your home and they also expand your living space by covering decks and patios, allowing you to use them on a regular basis. The fact that they can protect your furniture and carpets from damage caused by direct sunlight is just an added bonus.
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