Health Benefits of Plants

It’s not unusual to give flowers to loved ones who are sick or injured as a gesture of, “Get well soon.” It’s also not a coincidence that you see plenty of flora in and around recovery rooms in hospitals. The common saying of “stop and smell the roses” actually carries a bit of significance to it. If you dig down to the root of these examples, you’ll find that plants have proven to do wonders for our overall well-being, which is why they’re so vital to our everyday lives.

No matter the amount of sunlight that hits your home and windows, chances are you have at least one plant (and if you don’t, we highly recommend you get one) in or around your home or workplace. Other than the overall aesthetic they add to any environment, there are quite a number of benefits for having plants in your life.

Plants Improve Concentration

Being around plants in both the home and the workplace improves overall concentration. According to studies, tasks performed around the calming influence of plants (and nature) are performed better, with greater accuracy and results. They can even help us learn better and faster!

Plants Improve Memory

It’s also been proven that certain plants like rosemary and flowers improve memory performance and attention span by up to 20 percent! The overall presence of plants in the workplace and home play a significant role in your mental cognition.

Plants Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Studies have shown that plants’ natural aesthetic is soothing to people and that people who have plants in their workplace or home feel more overall happiness and less stress. Plants have been proven to make us feel more relaxed, secure, and happy. Their positive energy can also reduce the chances of suffering from depression, as well.

Plants Accelerate the Healing Process

Whether you’re hurting physically or emotionally, the presence of plants can reduce the overall time necessary to heal, literally helping us “get well soon[er].” The soothing effects of plants can significantly speed up recovery time. In fact, horticulture therapy is growing in popularity, where patients are able to care for and nurture plants by themselves.

Plants Improve Compassion in Relationships

Research has shown that people who spend extended lengths of time around plants tend to have better relationships with others. Studies have shown measurable increases in feelings of compassion in people who spend their time with plants, as they develop more tender feelings for the environment in which they live.

Plants Increase Energy and Performance

It’s been proven that when we spend time in nature and around plants, levels of energy and vitality increase, making us feel more exuberant. As we see plants thrive in their environments, it gives us extra energy to thrive in ours.

The amount of sunlight each plant needs on a daily basis can vary. Some plants thrive on more shade and indirect light, while others depend on direct sunlight. Installing Eos smart window awnings on your home or workplace will control the amount of sunlight that comes in and will keep you and your plants healthy, without blocking your lovely views of nature and the plants outside. Learn More about Sol-Lux smart window awnings here.

The “Cool” Way to Make Your House More Energy Efficient

You probably ask yourself the same question every month when the energy bill comes – “How can I save more money on my energy bill?” They have a tendency to surprise us with how expensive they can get. Well, we have one major solution: window awnings for your home.

Having window awnings will ultimately save you money (especially smart technology-based, retractable ones). Consider reducing cooling costs, increasing your overall comfort by keeping your home cooler, and reducing potential problems you could have with your AC unit.

Reduce Your Cooling Costs

Being from Colorado, we at Sol-Lux are always looking for ways to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Our goal when creating these awnings (which are also solar powered) was to present a more eco-friendly way to stay cool during summer months.

Awnings can significantly cut down the amount of energy you consume and save big time on air conditioning usage and costs each summer.

Window Awning Solar Panel

Based on a study from the Professional Awnings Manufacturing Association (PAMA), awnings could potentially save you more than $200 annually, depending on where you live. In a similar study, PAMA found that in a typical year you could save anywhere from 27% to 77% on your energy bill.

Bryce Yonce, chairman of PAMA, has said: “While turning up the air conditioner results in higher energy bills, awnings and shades work with the air conditioner to keep your home cooler and reduce the need for additional energy.”

Keep Your Home Cooler

Not only do awnings save you some extra money, but they also help reduce the overall demand for energy (especially at peak times), making them an environmentally responsible choice if you’re concerned about greenhouse gas emissions.

As Popular Mechanics has mentioned, the main source of heat gain in the house is sunlight shining through the windows. On a hot day, the sun’s rays shine through glass doors and windows and bake the interior of your home, turning your sanctuary into a sauna.

There are plenty of ways to keep the inside of your home cool during the summer, but one option that is consistently mentioned is having awnings. Conversely, on a cold day, you may open the curtains to let sunlight in. That helps heat the interior of your home – but with a fixed awning, that isn’t an option.

What’s nice about Eos home window awnings is that they retract and extend depending on the temperature and amount of sunlight, allowing in sunlight and heat when it’s cold in addition to preventing sunlight and heat from entering your home when it’s hot. The retractable feature also helps reduce energy usage by contributing to the temperature indoors.

Retractable window awning

Help Your Air Conditioning Unit

Less heat gain through the windows means less work and more efficiency for your air conditioning unit. That also means fewer problems you may have with your AC since it doesn’t have to work so hard.

Managing director of PAMA, Michelle Sahlin, mentioned in a study that “The sun’s rays through glass are responsible for almost 20% of the load on your air conditioner. Awnings reduce direct solar gain through windows.”

Of all the different options out there to help you save money on your energy bill each month, having window awnings on your home is one that pays for itself every time the sun is out.

Consider an awning that doesn’t compromise your view, can recognize temperatures, and retract when it’s colder. Your furniture, your air conditioner, wallet, indoor plants, and your furry friends will all thank you.

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