Solar Shading: A solar shade from Sunair® is the ideal solution for keeping sunlight at bay and at the same time enjoy its advantages. You can eliminate glare, and control the amount of light that enters the window or door while still keeping a view of the outside. Simply push a button and the optional motor lowers or retracting the shade. Our shades also protect your furniture, curtains, and floor coverings from UV damage.
Energy efficiency: A solar shade from Sunair® can significantly reduce indoor temperature while lowering cooling costs by blocking the sun before it enters your home. Our fabrics effectively block up to 90% of solar heat rays when installed on the exterior of the window. Depending on the type of fabric used, you may realize a potential reduction in air-conditioning costs by as much 25% - 40%.
Nine Standard Frame Colors: The Sunair® model is available in nine standard powder-coat frame colors, the most in the industry. Over 200 custom "Ral" frame colors are available by special order.
Sunair® awnings offer great benefits in reducing energy costs while keeping you cool on your deck or patio. You can reduce heat gain inside by as much as 77% and reduce sunlight and glare through your window by as much as 94%
There is a great study by the University of Minnesota and funded by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association that compares the impact of awnings in twelve U.S Cities. This study was conducted by the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota. This study revealed that awnings result in energy savings by reducing the direct solar gain through windows.
According to the study, awnings can reduce annual cooling energy by as much as 15 percent in hot climates, such as Houston, and as much as 17 percent in moderate climates, such as Washington, DC, compared to homes with completely unshaded windows. The amount of cooling energy saved varies depending on the number of windows, type of glass in the windows, window orientation and the climate the house is in.
“What some people don’t realize is that in most homes, more cooling energy is lost through glass doors and windows than any other part of the house,” said Michelle Sahlin, managing director of PAMA. “Awnings are an effective way to reduce heat gain and prevent cooling energy loss in households. This benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the homeowner by saving them money on energy bills.”