When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is important. 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 describe exactly how window treatments can block heat from coming in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat where it should be - outside.
How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat
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 trap 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 shut completely.
Curtails heat transfer - When the sun comes 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 can slash heat transfer by almost 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 insulating materials. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window coverings. If you want energy efficient window coverings, they should use 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 promote energy efficiency, what functions should you want in a covering?
Window treatments that are designed to completely cover the window or trap air
The greatest way to block airflow is by confining the air between the window and your room. You can do this with window treatments like Polywood shutters that completely encases the window when closed. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping which thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how you should close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: If your Polywood shutters are open, they will allow heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency).
An additional 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 have UV-reflecting material
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 utilize a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low.
If you want curtains or drapes, make sure that they have 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 schedule 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 style, budget, and home.