The weather is getting warmer and the sun is starting to really heat things up. This is the perfect time of year to spend some quality time outside with the family. If you are like me, I bet you are stopping your kids and urging them to put some sunscreen on before they head outside to play in the sun. You don’t want them to have to deal with the pain of sunburn now or have issues with skin cancer later. My daughter calls me the “Sunscreen Queen” and I’m okay with that. It’s my job to protect her.
You may not realize it but, your pets need sun protection too. Dogs and cats can get sunburned, especially white coated animals. Animals that like to sunbathe on their backs and expose their tender tummies to the mercy of the sun can burn too. That is one of the most common places to see sunburn on pets along with the tips of the ears and the nose. Skin cancer is a concern for your pets as well. Both cats and dogs can develop skin cancer, including melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to protect your pets from the harmful effects of the sun.
The number one recommendation from veterinarians and animal health care specialists is to provide your pet with a shady place to get out of the sun. The shade protection should be adequate for them to be fully covered when they are under it. Awnings are an ideal way to provide plenty of shade at an affordable price. Not only do they protect pets from the UV rays of the sun, it also feels 10 to 15 degrees cooler under an awning. In addition to sunburn and skin cancer, some pets can suffer from heatstroke so having shade and plenty of water is essential for their health and safety.
When choosing a sunscreen for your pet, choose one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. These sunscreens will be labeled “broad spectrum” and they provide protection against sunburn and skin cancer. Keep in mind that it is not okay to use a human sunscreen on your pet. Some of them can make your pet extremely ill. For example, never use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide on your dog. It is toxic to dogs and can cause anemia. Look for sunscreens that are specially formulated for your pet or check with your veterinarian to ensure you are using a sunscreen that is pet safe.
The best way to protect your pet from the harmful rays of the sun is to keep them indoors during the peak sun hours of 10 am to 4 pm if at all possible. Limit their exposure and you reduce their risk of sun related problems.
We are really excited to be participating in the Live Well Expo at the WNC Ag Center this Saturday. We have a beautiful retractable awning and pergola exhibit planned and we have a very special awning offer that we will be giving out this year. It is by far the best awning discount that we will be offering for the entire year! If you are thinking about getting any type of awning for your home, come by our booth to get our special offer. It will definitely be worth it.
Spring is a great time to get out there and clean those fabric awnings. A fabric awning typically last 10-12 years with routine and correct cleanings. The process is usually pretty simple and will keep your awnings looking good year round. One of the easiest ways to keep your awnings looking great is to simply hose off the fabric with water monthly to keep the dirt and debris from embedding into the fabric. However, a more vigorous cleaning will be needed every couple of years to keep your awnings looking their best. You can check out our awning cleaning video or click here for Sunbrella’s fabric care and cleaning guide to ensure you are cleaning your awnings correctly. We typically use Sunbrella fabric for our awnings because it is one of the best awning fabrics on the market. Their cleaning guide will usually work for most fabric awnings but, if you have a different type of fabric for your awning, you will want to check out the manufacturer’s website for their cleaning recommendations. If you don’t want to do the cleaning yourself, we will be happy to recommend an awning cleaning professional to you.
Many times you will hear window companies tell you that the number one reason to replace your old, worn out windows is to save money. It is true that Energy Star qualified replacement windows can lower your energy bills by 7 to 15% and can save you hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs. However, as anyone who has ever looked into the cost of replacement windows can tell you, it can take many years of energy savings just to pay for those windows. The true benefits to replacing your windows may not be as attention grabbing but, they are valuable benefits that can make your home more comfortable and even improve your quality of life.
Keeping It Quiet
Installing new windows can really cut down on the noise entering your home from the great outdoors. Double paned glass and tight seals can also help reduce the amount of noise leaving your home; a very attractive benefit for those who like to turn up the tunes or are raising teenagers.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
As more people are becoming aware of the environmental impact that human beings are having on this planet, they are becoming more conscious of the decisions that can be made to decrease that impact. Replacing your old windows can increase energy efficiency resulting in a decreased carbon footprint. There is no downside to that.
Keep Your Loved Ones and Loved Things Safe
Many people think about doors but forget about windows when they think about their home security. Often, old windows don’t close or lock properly creating an easy point of entry into your home. Replacement windows with their tight seals and secure locks can increase the security of your home and decrease your worry.
Less Maintenance Equals More Time for You
Replacement windows are much easier to clean. That is a pretty strong incentive to go out and replace your windows right away but, there is more. Vinyl replacement windows, which are the most common, don’t have to be painted. Ever! Low maintenance is definitely the way to go and means that you have more time to enjoy the things you actually want to do.
Let the Light Shine In
Many of you know that recent studies have shown that exposure to natural light helps keep people heathier and sleeping better. New windows have smaller frames and larger panes of glass which allow more light into your home. Choose windows with Low-E glass and your home will stay cooler in the summer even with the increased light coming through your windows.
Keep Your Home Looking Good
No homeowner has ever hoped that their home looks old and rundown from the street. We all want our home to have curb appeal. New windows can help improve the look of your home and, as a bonus, homeowners who invest in new windows see about an 80% return on investment when they sell their home. Now that looks pretty good to me.
We’ve been hard at working developing and shooting new commercials for our sunrooms and awnings. We wanted these commercials to be a little bit different from our previous commercials. We had two goals. Our spokesperson, Betsy, has a lovely, humorous personality that we wanted to fully utilize and we wanted to really show the reasons that people purchase our products. We hit upon the idea of showing the “weather challenges” that keep people from enjoying their outdoor living spaces and how our products could solve those challenges and allow people to expand their outdoor living areas. This 15 second sunroom commercial is showing how we can solve the “it’s so hot outside” problem. We hope it makes you smile!
We want to help create the perfect home for you! As many folks who live in or are moving to Asheville are aware, finding that perfect home to buy in and around this area can be quite a challenge. Right now, it is definitely a seller’s market here in WNC. The median home prices in Asheville are at a record high and there is a minimal amount of homes available below the $300,000 range. No doubt, it is tough for many buyers to find a home that suits their needs. If you are looking to upgrade your current home or you can’t find a new home that works for you, our sunrooms, awnings, pergolas, windows and doors can be the perfect additions to transform a maybe house into the perfect home.
Our sunrooms add coveted square footage and allow you to enjoy all the beauty of the outdoors in the comfort of the indoors. In other words, fully enjoy bird watching and the flowers in your garden without sneezing from all the pollen floating around or worrying about that afternoon thunderstorm. Add a heating/cooling system and you can use your room for the entire year. We have had customers use their sunrooms as offices, bedrooms and living rooms. No matter how they choose to use their sunrooms, they all agree that it has become their favorite room in the entire house.
You can really expand your outdoor living space with an awning. Many of us choose to live here because it is an absolutely gorgeous part of the country. Awnings allow you to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors even during the hottest months of summer. Awnings provide sun protection, create shade that can help lower your energy costs, and provide protection from the rain.
Retractable awnings are a versatile option because you can leave it retracted in order to enjoy the sun when you are in the mood for a little Vitamin D then, when the sun gets too hot and you are ready for some shade, just extend the awning and sit back and relax. Retractables can be motorized and provide you with shade in less than 60 seconds with just the touch of a button. We have hundreds of fabric choices and numerous style options to ensure that you can create the look that fits your home perfectly.
Pergolas combine function and style. They provide shade with a unique look that can really make your home stand out. Our pergolas are made from durable, low maintenance aluminum that withstands the elements and will look beautiful for years to come. You won’t ever have to worry about staining or replacing rotten wood. You can choose from an open lattice roof or a solid roof that offers complete shade coverage. We can attach the pergola to your home or install it freestanding in your yard or garden.
An easy way to increase the comfort and energy efficiency of a home is to replace the old windows and doors with the new, ultra high efficiency products that are available today. Your windows and doors are your view to the outside world. From your windows, you can watch your children play, keep an eye on the weather, and enjoy those flowers you just planted. How nice to be able to do that without feeling a draft or worrying that your money is going out the window with every gust of wind. With double pane glass, energy star ratings and features that make cleaning a breeze, new windows and doors can really make a difference in your home.
We want you to love the home you live in, both inside and outside. We offer free quotes, one on one design consultations, and 30 years of experience serving the people of WNC. Let us help you create your perfect home!
We haven’t done a home show in years so I am very excited to be participating in the Asheville Outdoor Living Expo this upcoming weekend. Even more exciting is the news that we are giving away a free Retractable Awning this weekend. We would love for you to stop by and see our fantastic pergola and retractable awning display and register to win the awning. This is a big prize valued at well over $3000! Come visit and let us help you expand your outdoor living space.
Recently, here at the office, we have received several calls from people wanting to know how to clean their fabric awnings. I used to just have a boring list of instructions that I could give to folks but, I now have this really neat little gadget called a smart phone and it does some cools things like video and it even makes it super easy. So, I decided to push my technology skill set and make one of my first ever videos for Air Vent Exteriors, a step by step video on how to clean your awning. This video is always available on this site under the Videos tab but, I thought it deserved a feature presentation. It is short, to the point, and the demonstration is done by an awning cleaning professional. Now, that is the right way to get the right information to the people that want it and it is so much better than a boring list!
Somehow, it is the end of November already and Thanksgiving is upon us. This is the perfect time for us to step back and take stock of all the blessings we have been given over the past year. I feel very fortunate to represent Air Vent Exteriors in thanking all of our wonderful customers! Thank you for trusting us to complete the projects that help you fully enjoy your outdoor living space. Thank you for allowing us to make your home more relaxing and comfortable. Thank you for supporting us as we have made WNC our business home for the past 30 years. You are the key to our success and we are truly grateful for all of you. Our greatest wish is that you have as much to be thankful for as we do this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving!
Here at Air Vent Exteriors we are all about helping you expand your outdoor living space. We want you to enjoy the nature surrounding your home year round. Many of our customers enjoy bird watching from the comfort of their sunrooms year round.
We want you to enjoy your view this fall and winter so we are launching our very first contest, Feed the Birds. You can win this lovely bird feeder collection from Wild Birds Unlimited. It includes a hanging hopper feeder and a hanging suet feeder. Both of these feeders are from their ecotough series and are made from recycled materials and come with a lifetime guarantee. A bag of bird seed and two suet cakes round out the collection.
I feel very fortunate to have some exciting news to share with you once again. We just won a design award from the National Sunroom Association for a sunroom project we completed in the Biltmore Lake community. We are thrilled that our project won a design award but, we are even more thrilled that we gave our customers just what they wanted and they love their sunroom and deck and use it all the time.
As you can see in the before picture, the homeowners had the typical small, wooden deck overlooking their backyard area. They wanted to increase their living space and get closer to nature by adding a sunroom. They also wanted a larger deck so they could thoroughly enjoy their garden and backyard area.
We removed the old deck and the windows on the right side of the house. We added a custom designed, gable roof, 16’ x 16’ all season sunroom with French doors providing entry from the home into the sunroom. We used trapezoid windows at the top and knee wall windows at the bottom with high efficiency sliding windows making up the main walls of the all season room. A heating and cooling system was added so that the room can be used comfortably year round. Our talented craftsmen then built the new deck and benches with premium grade treated decking and rails.
The end result is an award winning room that opens up the home to the natural beauty of the mountains while adding valuable square footage to the home. The extensive deck allows them to fully enjoy their backyard and provides space for entertaining and relaxing.
Happy customers and a design award! We won big with this project.
This is my very first blog post and I feel so fortunate to be able to share exciting news with you in this introductory post. It’s our birthday! Right now I am singing the Happy Birthday song (in my head because my coworkers don’t fully appreciate my singing voice) because we turn 30 this year and it’s been a great year. I have to say that I think we just keep getting better with age!
Truly, turning thirty never looked so good because we just launched this beautiful new website. We listened to feedback from our employees and customers to design a site that is modern, easy to navigate and looks good on any desktop, tablet or mobile. Many of our customers asked for more pictures and we did our best to deliver with an expanded gallery featuring multiple pictures of all of our products. Our new contact us page makes it easy for you to get in touch with us for product inquiries and free estimates or with any questions you may have.
We are truly looking forward to sharing this new site with you and we welcome your feedback. You can email us through our Contact Us page or share your thoughts or comments on our Facebook page. Let us know what you think and we will continue to keep the improvements coming. We look great at 30 and we plan on looking even better at 40!