The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in St. George07/31/2019Kasey Udy When it’s hot and sticky outside, staying cool is essential. One way you can decrease your energy bills and feel cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in St. George. Since not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll show you precisely how window treatments can block heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can feel cool when summer becomes hot. Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the need for well-insulated attics, windows, and walls, but did you know that window treatments can act as an effective way to keep your energy bills down? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the St. George summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening seal off air and can decrease the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re shut completely. 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 lessen heat transfer by roughly 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Maximizes R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should look for high R-value window treatments. 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 Now that you understand the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what exactly should you look for? Window treatments that are designed to encase the window or trap air The greatest way to block airflow is by sealing off every way air can enter through the window. You can do this with treatments like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even have weather stripping which thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: When 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 entering from under the shades. Window coverings that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and can be a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. It’s why our Polywood shutters come in three hues of white and use 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 the light. Need Help Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're searching 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 windows.