Awning With Sensors

Posted on 2014-05-06
Patio Awning Imagine a cool, shaded, comfortable place to spend time with your family, entertain, relax and enjoy your outdoors. An awning can make your patio area a far more comfortable and attractive place to spend time. However, With all the different awning options out there, it can be difficult to determine which awnings are right for you, or what accessories, extras and add on features are worth it. Awning sensors are one option that will prolong the life of your awning, and be well worth the added cost.

Let’s take a closer look:

Why choose an awning?

One of the first question people ask themselves is why they should choose an awning over other options. They could build a roof, or use a sun umbrella. While this is clearly true, and worth looking into, there are a number of valid reasons for choosing an awning over other options:

1. Cost efficiency: An awning is less expensive than a roof. It provides you with shade that blocks UV rays from entering your home, which means cost cuts in utilities as well.

2. Ease of use: An awning is easy to extend and retract, it provides great shade, temperature control, and UV protection. Unlike an umbrella it does not have to be changed around frequently as the sun moves.

3. Added home value: An awning is going to add to your home value because it is both attractive, adding to curb appeal, and functional, extending your living space, and making life comfortable.

Each of the above three reasons also support the idea of getting a home awning, but they also are valid reasons for getting awning sensors.

Awning sensors

An awning sensor is a sensor that determines if wind or rain conditions would be damaging to an extended awning, and if so, sends a signal to the motor on the awning to retract it.

While you may think you do not need a sensor for this as you can certainly tell if it is rainy or windy, it is a great purchase because what happens if you are not home? Unless you are totally confident that you will never leave your awning extended on accident, a sensor system can protect your investment, and help it last much longer.

Wind and rain can be damaging to an awning. A fierce wind storm could pull an awning right off the exterior of your house, tear it, or bend the frame. Thus a sensor to indicate to the motor to retract it will make sure that at the first sign of danger, your awning is retracted and safely put away.

An awning sensor is used in conjunction with a motorized extension and retraction system. The sensor is placed near the awning to measure the wind speed, ferocity, etc. and determine if the awning should be retracted. The cost is relatively low, and helps you protect an investment you will use over and over again.

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