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The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in St. George

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot and sticky outside, keeping cool is essential. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and feel cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in St. George. 

Since not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll show you exactly how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can feel cool when summer becomes hot.

Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can block the St. George summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening trap air and can reduce the warm airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Curtails heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it warms up the glass and that heat can be transferred to inside rooms. Energy efficient window coverings hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by almost 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window treatment to have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you want in energy-efficient window treatments

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

Window treatments that are designed to completely cover the window or trap air

The greatest way to stop airflow is by confining the air between the window and your room. You can do this with treatments like Polywood shutters which completely covers the window when closed. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even have weather stripping which thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below shows how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: If your plantation shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency).


An alternative window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. But, if there’s a gap between the window and the shades, you can still have airflow coming in from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect light and can be a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. It’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting coating to help your home stay cool.

If you want curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored material that reflects the light.

Need Help Finding the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond?

If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters St. George can help. Don’t hesitate to call at 435-485-9332 or fill out the form below to request a free in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you find the best window treatment that fits your style, budget, and home.

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