The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Sacramento07/31/2019Curtis Orton When it’s hot outside, staying cool is important. A way you can reduce your energy bills and feel cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Sacramento. Since not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll let you know in detail how window treatments will stop heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll describe how to get the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep warm air where it should stay - outside. How 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 windows, but did you know that window treatments can act as an easy step to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the Sacramento summer heat and keep your house cool. Stops airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening seal off air and may decrease the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re shut completely. Curtails heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it heats up the pane and that heat can be transferred to the inside space. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by roughly 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Maximizes R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window treatment to use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, which is fairly high for window treatments. What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you understand some of the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you want in a covering? Window treatments that can completely cover the window or trap air The greatest 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 closed. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping that completely stops air transfer. The video below explains how you should close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: As your Polywood shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). An additional window covering 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 creeping from under the shades. Window coverings that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and are a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your energy bills. If you want curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays. Need Help Finding the Right Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round? If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Sacramento is here to help. Contact us at 916-250-0758 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you find the best window treatment that fits your style, budget, and home.