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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Gainesville

July 31, 2019

When it’s warm outside, keeping cool is essential. A way you can reduce your energy bills and feel cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Gainesville. 

Since not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll show you in detail how window treatments can block heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can feel cool when summer becomes hot.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can block the Gainesville summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening seal off air and could reduce the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Reduces heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it heats up the pane and that heat will then transfer to your room. Energy efficient window treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by about 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window covering to earn a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

Polywood Shutters in Gainesville kitchen

Now that you know some of the ways that window treatments can block heat, what functions should you want in a covering?
 

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 the inside space. You can do this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely encases the window when closed. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even have weather stripping which further stops air transfer. The video below explains how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they will allow heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency).


An additional window treatment 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 entering from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect light and are a great choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why 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, look for a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays.

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

If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Gainesville has what you need. Contact us at 813-602-5966 or complete the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you discover the best window covering for your style, budget, and home.

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