The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Salt Lake City07/31/2019Matt Thelander When it’s warm outside, feeling cool is essential. A way you can lower your energy bills and feel cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Salt Lake City. Since not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll let you know exactly how window treatments can block heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can stay cool when summer becomes hot. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You understand the importance of well-insulated attics and walls, but did you know that window coverings can be a great option to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the Salt Lake City summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening seal off air and may lessen the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re fully closed. Reduces heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it heats up the glass and that heat can be transferred to inside rooms. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by almost 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. If you want energy efficient window coverings, they should have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values for window treatments. What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you know some of the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you want in a covering? Window treatments that are designed to completely cover the window or trap air The best way to block airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely protects the window when shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping which completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to best use Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: If your plantation shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). Another window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. But, if you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow entering from under the shades. Window treatments that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and make a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your energy bills. If you use 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 seeking the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City can help. Give us a call at 801-515-3598 or complete the form below to request a no-cost in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you find the best window covering for your energy efficient needs.