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The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Clearwater

July 31, 2019

When it’s warm outside, staying cool is important. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Clearwater. 

Since not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll describe in detail how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat where it should be - outside.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can thwart the Clearwater summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening seal off air and could lessen the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when the louvers are down. 

  2. Reduces heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it heats up the pane and that heat might then flow to inside rooms. Energy efficient window coverings hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by about 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Uses a high R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should seek out high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are shut and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, one of the highest values for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you know the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what functions should you look for?
 

Window treatments that are designed to encase the window or trap air

The greatest way to halt airflow is by confining the air between the window and your room. You can accomplish this with treatments like Polywood shutters that completely covers the window when shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping which further blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how you should 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).


Another window covering option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. However, 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 have UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect the sun and are a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. It’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and use a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your AC bills stay low.

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

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

If you're seeking the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Clearwater is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you discover the best window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.

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