Awnings have an established reputation for providing welcome shade when the thermometer sores, but did you know they also provide a wealth of health benefits? A good-quality awning has the potential to improve both physical and mental health, providing an attractive and long-lasting way of boosting wellbeing. Take a look at some of the benefits an awning could bring to your health and that of your family.
Protects You From Direct UV Rays
The most obvious benefit of an awning is that it protects the people under it from almost all of the sun’s UV radiation. The temperature under an awning is the same as that of the surrounding area, but being protected from the sun’s rays makes it feel cooler. The UV protection found beneath an awning allows people to enjoy being outside for longer with minimal risk of sun damage. Given the risk of skin cancer that UV poses, the protective effect of an awning is a powerful aid to health.
Reduces The UV Rays Entering Your Property
It’s not just the space directly beneath your awning that’s protected from UV rays – the shade provided will also extend back into your home. Especially if you’ve got glass doors that open out onto your outdoor space, using an awning could reduce the UV rays entering through the doors by as much as 90%. This enables occupants indoors to also enjoy reduced exposure to harmful UV radiation.
Enables Outdoor Exercise And Relaxation
Exercising in the great outdoors brings an added dimension to the health benefits regular activity provides. Studies show that spending time outdoors can improve mood and sleep quality, decrease anxiety, motivate people to move more and even improve breathing. Exercising beneath an awning brings all the benefits of working out in the great outdoors without the discomfort of the sun’s direct rays. An added advantage of an awning is that it protects gym equipment from sun damage.
Improves Mental Wellbeing
It’s no big secret that people feel better out in the fresh air. Unfortunately, our harsh climate means many of us spend too much time indoors, away from the punishing rays of the sun – this is where an awning comes into its own – under the shade of an awning, people can safely work, socialise, relax, exercise, eat together or enjoy their hobbies outdoors.
An awning provides an area of outdoor space that’s protected from the elements. In addition, if you’re spending time outside under an awning, you probably don’t need the A/C operating indoors – and a few things boost mental well-being like saving a few bucks on your energy bill!
Creates An Attractive Area To Spend Time With Friends And Family
Did you know loneliness is now considered as big a health risk as smoking by some experts? Being able to socialise with friends and family is vital to health. An awning offers a safe, inclusive environment where people of all ages can socialise together in the fresh air.
If you like the sound of the benefits an awning could bring to you and your family, call Jeremy and Dana at Bay Blinds & Doors for more information and a FREE quote.