The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in San Diego07/31/2019Tyson Williams When it’s hot and sticky outside, staying cool is important. A great way way you can decrease your energy bills and stay 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 precisely 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 the heat outside and the cool air inside. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the importance of well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window treatments can be a great option to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Let’s list some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can thwart the San Diego summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening trap 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. 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 roughly 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a material. We use it 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 Now that you understand some of the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what functions should you want in a covering? Window treatments that will enclose the window or trap air The most efficient way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. 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 uses weather stripping which completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below shows how you should close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: If 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 have UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect the sun and make a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and utilize a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your energy bills. If you’re buying curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays. Need Help Choosing the Perfect 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 free in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you find the perfect window covering for your energy efficient needs.