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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Sacramento

July 31, 2019

When it’s warm outside, feeling 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 coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to get the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep cool when summer becomes hot.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the Sacramento summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Stops airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening seal off air and may reduce the hot 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. 

  2. Curtails heat transfer - As the sun flows through your window it heats up the pane and that heat will then transfer to your room. Energy efficient window treatments reduce 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.

  3. Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a given 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 paired with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, which is fairly high for window treatments.

What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you understand the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you look for?
 

Window treatments that can completely cover the window or trap air

The greatest way to block airflow is by confining the air between the window and the treatment. 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 have weather stripping that further stops air transfer. The video below explains how to correctly close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers 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 little pockets. 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

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Light colors reflect light and are a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills.

If you want curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays.

Need Help Choosing the Perfect 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 choices and help you find the perfect window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.

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