The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Cleveland07/31/2019Nate Gromen When it’s warm outside, feeling cool is critical. A way you can decrease your energy bills and keep cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Cleveland. As not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll show you exactly 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 keep the heat outside and the cold air inside. How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the need for well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window coverings can be an easy step to keep your energy bills down? Look at a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can stop the Cleveland summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Seals off airflow - Treatments that fit tight in your window opening seal off air and could decrease the hot airflow through your windows. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re fully closed. Curtails heat transfer - When the sun comes through your window it heats up the pane and that heat will then transfer to the inside space. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by almost 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of insulating materials. We use it for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You want a window covering to earn a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled 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 understand the ways that window treatments can block heat, what specific features should you look for? Window treatments that are designed to completely cover the window or trap air The greatest way to stop airflow is by firmly covering every way air can come through the window. You can do this with treatments like Polywood shutters that completely covers the window when shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping which thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below shows how you should close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: If your louvers are open, they will allow heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). Another window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. But, 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 use UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and can be a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. It’s why our Polywood shutters come in three variations of white and also have a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low. If you want curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored backing that reflects the light. Need Help Finding the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're seeking the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Cleveland can help. Contact us at 440-561-6787 or fill out the form below to book a free in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you choose the best window treatment for your windows.