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The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in San Diego

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot and sticky outside, keeping cool is critical. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in San Diego. 

As not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll describe exactly how window treatments will stop heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll describe how to get the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep cool when summer becomes hot.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can thwart the San Diego summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening seal off air and can reduce the warm airflow through your windows. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re fully closed. 

  2. Reduces heat transfer - When the sun shines through your window it warms up the pane and that heat might then flow to the inside space. Energy efficient window treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by almost 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Has a large R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window treatments. To be designated as energy efficient window treatments, they should have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you understand the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what functions should you look for?

Window treatments that will enclose the window or trap air

The best way to stop airflow is by sealing off every place air can seep through the window. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely protects the window when the louvers are shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even have weather stripping which completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: When your louvers are open, they let heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency).

An alternative window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. However, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow creeping from under the shades.

Window treatments that are a light color and use UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect the sun and make a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. Our Polywood shutters are available in three shades of white and utilize a UV-reflecting coating to help your home stay cool.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored material that reflects sunlight back.

Need Help Finding the Right Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round?

If you're seeking the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters San Diego is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call at 760-405-8887 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you discover the perfect window covering for your energy efficient needs.