Why You Need a Patio Awning This Summer

// posted by Vic Santiago on Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Apr 20

Enjoying the summer weather after a cold winter is one of the most relaxing feelings. Most days are pleasant, but then you have a few days when it’s either too hot or rainy to bare sitting outside. And that’s when you need to be protected! So to maximize the comfort of your outdoor space, we recommend an outdoor awning. Here’s why:

UV rays

We all know that the sun is strongest during summer months, and not many people want to sit on their back patio when it’s over 90 degrees outside. But with the push of a button, you can have a retractable awning that not only protects you, but also saves your patio (or deck) and home from heating up.

Rain storms

Don’t let Mother Nature rain on your outdoor gathering! Install an awning to protect you from stormy weather so you don’t have to take the party inside on a warm, summer’s day. Not to mention, it will also protect your patio furniture from getting soaked or damaged.  

Save money on energy

Studies by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and air conditioning Engineers (ASHRE) have proven that when the proper style and fabrics are used, awnings on patio doors can reduce indoor temperatures by 8 to 15 degrees! That means you don’t need to switch your AC to full blast all summer long, which inevitably leads to higher energy costs.

If an awning sounds like the perfect solution for your outdoor space this summer, contact Dean Custom Awnings! We can provide you with versatile, retractable awnings and more to protect your home and allow you to host your outdoor parties without extreme weather interfering! To learn more, give us a call at (845) 425-1193.

Green Upgrades for Your Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, April 15, 2016

Apr 15

Being eco-friendly isn’t just good for the environment, it can also save you an incredible amount of money on your energy bills. So jump on the green bandwagon by looking into these green upgrades for your home:

Buy a cool roof - One that reflects the heat off of your home instead of letting it absorb. For example, metal is a smart option because not only does it keep your home cool, but it also lasts for decades!

Start recycling - For all those glass and plastic bottles you use, start recycling instead of tossing them away. There are plenty of uses for used bottles (and even other materials, like paper). Create a designated bin in the kitchen for recycling and empty weekly.

Install green flooring - Hardwood floors look beautiful in the home, but you can get the same durability and feel while being eco-friendly at the same time. Cork and bamboo make great alternatives and are resistant to spills, making cleanups easy as well!

Choose a gas fireplace - Gas fireplaces can provide you with heat during cooler months of the year with less pollution than any traditional wood-burning style can. Most models can vent without a chimney and can increase home efficiency when you use energy the most.

Install an awning - During warmer months of the year, the sun can heat up your home and make you waste energy. Instead of needing to crank the AC, set up a custom awning in your backyard to lower the cost of cooling.  

At Dean Custom Awnings, we can help you save energy by creating a custom awning fit just for your home!  Learn more about our selections here. If a retractable awning sounds like the ideal addition to your outdoor space, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 for more information on our services.   

How Awnings Can Cut Your Utility Bills

// posted by Vic Santiago on Monday, April 04, 2016

Apr 04

Sunny afternoons and humid nights are on their way and you know what that means - inevitably you'll cranking your AC and wasting money on utility bills. So, before the summer heat returns once again, you might want to consider investing in an awning to reduce the cost of cooling. Here’s how it works:


Material - Awnings made of metal are sturdy, but if you’re goal is to reduce the summer’s heat, choose an awning made with light-colored polyvinyl and acrylics with a tight-knit weaving to block out majority of the sun.

Style - Not all types of awnings are made for the heat. If your custom awning will primarily be used for cutting utility bills, remember that hot air can become trapped around a window if the awning does not have proper ventilation. As your custom awning provider about your options.

Type - There are many different types of awnings on the market, and each serve a different purpose. If you want to cut down on energy bills but want an easy solution for cold weather, then you will benefit from a retractable awning. This type of awning is designed to keep your home cool in summer and made to retract in winter to prevent damage from heavy storms.

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer several types of retractable awnings that are durable, beautiful, and have a lifetime frame warranty! Learn more about our selections here. If a retractable awning sounds like the ideal addition to your outdoor space, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 for more information on our services. 

How to Lower Your Energy Bills at Home

// posted by Vic Santiago on Friday, February 19, 2016

Feb 19

Let’s face it: energy bills have only increased over the years. And sometimes we don’t even realize how it gets to be so high. But by being more conscious of how we use the technology in our homes, we can significantly lower our bills and save more energy. Below are a few money-saving hacks to consider:

Reduce heat.

Heating up water for your laundry machine accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses, so switch your unit to cold wash as often as possible. Not only will this help you to reduce energy, but it can also prevent your mixed fabrics from bleeding.

Load the dishes.

 Although it’s important to load your dishwasher carefully, you can save energy at home by also washing only full loads. But to help you reduce tough grease and food scraps, pre-wash your dishes in sink. Make sure to put the stopper on your drain so you aren’t wasting water.

Unplug appliances.

 It’s easy to take advantage of technology nowadays. But just think how much money you could save by unplugging the toaster or lamps when not in use. Also, keeping your laptop plugged in all day might save the battery, but it won’t save you money - so always reserve as much as possible.

Install an awning.

 Awnings can help to reduce inside temperatures by as much as 8-15 degrees during the hot summer months. They can also protect your home furnishings from the sun’s harmful UV rays. So if you’re looking to create more shade and reduce your cooling bill, installing a residential awning is an excellent solution. Did we also mention is make for a great outdoor extension?  

At Dean Custom Awnings, we offer several types of awnings to help you lower energy bills all year round - especially during the hot summers! Learn more about our selections here. If a residential awning sounds like the ideal addition to your outdoor space, give us a call at (845) 425-1193 for more information on our services.  



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