Every spring and fall, we experience astrological events that mark the seasons’ change: Equinox. The term Equinox derives from the Latin word aequinoctium, translates as “equal night.” There are two annual Equinoxes per year, one being the Autumnal, and the other being the Vernal. As you might expect, on these two days, night and day are the closest to being of equal duration. This happens because the sun crosses directly over the equator; at this point you can expect the weather to warm due to longer periods of daylight.
In the case of the 2015 Vernal Equinox, it arrives on March 20 at 5:45 p.m. It’s a good time to look at the sky and say, “Spring has sprung.” The important thing for homeowners is that we can begin spending more time outdoors. People lucky enough to live in the south where the snow has gone, this is the time to begin preparing for planting the vegetable gardens and flower beds.
It is also the time for outdoor entertaining, barbeques, and lounging on the patio. Patios are an essential part of the modern home, even more so if you have a swimming pool next to it. If you don’t have a patio or deck yet, consider putting one in. It makes better use of your real estate, and is also a great way to boost your home equity, making it a great investment.
One problem is that as summer approaches, patios (and decks) can become very hot in the afternoon hours, limiting enjoyment time. The traditional solutions have been to gain some shade by installing either a pergola or an awning. The problem is that pergolas work… sometimes, so long as the sun isn’t directly above. The problem with awnings is that they’re an all or nothing solution. The Equinox® Louvered Roof system solves both those problems for residential and commercial properties.
When the louvers are in the complete upright position, the effect is the same as a pergola. What’s different is that the louvers are powered by a 12 volt DC motor and can rotate over a 160 degree range. So, as the sun makes its way across the summer sky, so can the shade, controlled either by a switch or by remote control. And ironically, that very sun can power the motor via an optional solar panel.