The Best Window Treatments For The Southwest and San Diego

Tyson Williams

When homeowners think of the American Southwest and San Diego, they often imagine warm, dry weather. However, residents know that even though the days can be searing, the evenings can drop too much colder temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must do double-duty in keeping your home comfortable. Plantation shutters and roller shades work well for your San Diego home.

Interior Shutters Increase Energy Efficiency

Polywood in a bow arched window

If the sun shines down on your San Diego house throughout the day but leaves you cold after the sun goes down, you need window treatments that help maintain your home’s temperature. Plantation shutters have a unique design that makes them great window treatments for homeowners in the Southwest who want to stay comfortable without overworking their HVAC system.

Plantation shutters shut tightly to block excessive light and fluctuating temperatures. During the day, you can shut the shutter louvers to keep your house cool and dim. As the sun moves, tilt open the louvers to filter the light. If you’d like a refreshing breeze and unobstructed view of the sunset, open the shutter panels and your windows for fresh air. Then, shut them again after sunset when it cools down.

For the best energy efficiency, try Polywood® shutters in your house. Their one-of-a-kind weatherstripping can keep a room 30 degrees cooler than the outside temperature during the hot days. You can use them to reduce the temperature in rooms exposed to full sun or place them throughout your house for increased comfort. And, of course, they reduce cold drafts at night.

Plantation shutters look amazing in San Diego homes as well. The Southwest has many unique architectural styles including Spanish Mission Revival, Ranch, and modern Southwest-style. Unlike other window treatments, plantation shutters come custom-made to snugly fit--rather than cover up--your windows’ shape. Their adaptability makes them just as suitable for arched windows in Mission Revival houses as for the sliding patio doors and rectangular windows in Ranch houses.

Plantation shutters come in many comfortable neutral hues, too. Consider hardwood Ovation® shutters to accentuate the rich earth and wood tones found in Southwest-style homes. Or you can piggy-back off the clean white shades of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve decorated your Ranch home with a rustic theme, reclaimed wood shutters will fit perfectly.

Roller Shades Block And Diffuse Sunlight

Custom shades in a southwest home

Roller shades are another great option for blocking the sun’s rays. If your San Diego home has grand, sunny windows where you want to control the light and block excessive heat, blackout roller shades easily do the trick. Fully opaque, they block natural light and its warmth on a blistering Southwest day. However, if your home has smaller pueblo-style windows that already limit the sunlight in your home, you can try sheer roller shades and still enjoy sunlight.

Roller shades also are available in many patterns, materials, and styles that effortlessly blend in with most home styles. Color plays an important role in the ambiance of many Southwest home styles. Try colored roller shades of medium opacity to fill a bold Spanish-influenced room with colorful light. Or you can use neutral colored shades for rustic styles. Roller shades’ streamlined look works well with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes as well.

Find Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters

Keep your San Diego home cozy all day long with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We have a variety of products that coordinate with popular Southwest house styles. To learn more about the right window treatments for your home, give us a call at 760-405-8887 or submit the form below to set up a free in-home consultation.