When homeowners think of the American Southwest and Sacramento, they often think of warm, dry weather. However, homeowners know that while the days can be scorching, the evenings can drop too much colder temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must do double-duty in keeping your home both cool and warm. Plantation shutters and roller shades work well for your Sacramento home.
Custom Plantation Shutters Improve Energy Efficiency
If the sun beats down on your Sacramento home throughout the day but leaves you cold at night, look into window treatments that help keep your interior temperature stable. Plantation shutters have a special design that makes them one of the best window treatments for Southwest homeowners who want to keep comfortable without overworking their A/C system.
Plantation shutters close tightly to block excessive light and temperature extremes. During the day, you can close the shutter panels to block sun glare. As the sun moves, tilt open the louvers to filter the light. If you want a cool breeze and open view of the sunset, open the shutter panels and your windows. Then, shut them again when it gets dark and cold.
For the best energy efficiency, install Polywood® shutters in your home. Their one-of-a-kind weatherstripping can keep your rooms 30 degrees cooler than outside during the summer. You can use them to reduce the temperature in rooms with full sun or place them throughout your home for more comfort everywhere. And, of course, they keep out chilly drafts after sunset.
Plantation shutters look beautiful in Sacramento homes as well. The Southwest has many distinct architectural styles including Spanish Mission Revival, Ranch, and modern Southwest-style. Unlike other window treatments, interior shutters come custom-made to snugly fit--rather than cover up--any shape of windows. Their adaptability makes them work just as well for arched windows in Mission Revival houses as for the sliding patio doors and rectangular windows in Ranch houses.
Interior shutters come in many attractive neutral hues, too. Use hardwood Ovation® shutters to complement the rich organic and wood tones that are typical in Southwest-style homes. Or you can piggy-back off the pristine white colors of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve designed your Ranch home with a natural theme, reclaimed wood shutters will fit perfectly.
Roller Shades Block Out And Diffuse Glaring Light
Roller shades offer another excellent option for limiting the sun’s rays. If your Sacramento home has large, sunny windows where you want to control sun glare and keep out the heat, blackout roller shades easily do the trick. Fully opaque, they block outside light and its heat on a blistering Southwest day. However, if you have smaller pueblo-style windows that already limit the amount of sunlight in your home, you can get away with more sheer roller shades and still have sunlight.
Roller shades also are offered in a variety of patterns, textures, and styles that easily complement most interior styles. Color plays a vital role in the aesthetics of many Southwest home styles. Get colored roller shades of medium opacity to fill a bold Spanish-influenced room with colorful light. Or you can buy neutral colored shades for rustic styles. Roller shades’ modern look works well with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes, too.
Get Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters
Keep your Sacramento home comfortable all day long with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We have a variety of products that coordinate with popular Southwest house styles. To learn more about the best window treatments for your home, call us at 916-250-0758 or submit the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation.