The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Gainesville07/31/2019Eric Ramsey When it’s warm outside, keeping cool is essential. A way you can reduce your energy bills and feel cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Gainesville. While not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll describe in detail how window treatments can block heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you 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 photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You understand the benefits of well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window coverings can act as a great option to keep your energy bills down? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can stop the Gainesville summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Seals off airflow - Window coverings 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. 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 reduce 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. Has a large R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window covering to have 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 Now that you know the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what specific features should you look for? Window treatments that are designed to completely cover the window or trap air The greatest way to halt airflow is by firmly covering every avenue where air can seep through the window. You can do this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely encases the window when shut. 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 you should close Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: As your Polywood shutters are open, they will allow heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). Another window treatment option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. 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 photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and make a great choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and utilize a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills. If you’re buying curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored material that reflects sunlight back. 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. Give us a call 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 explain all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you discover the best window covering for your windows.