The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Austin07/31/2019Tyler Jorgensen When it’s warm outside, staying cool is important. One way you can reduce your energy bills and stay cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Austin. While not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll show you in detail how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat where it should stay - outside. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the benefits of well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window coverings can be an easy step to keep your energy bills down? Let’s list a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Austin summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Stops airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening trap air and can lessen the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when the louvers are down. Reduces heat transfer - As the sun flows 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 are 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 coverings. You want a window covering to earn a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are closed and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments. What you want in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you understand the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what specific features should you want to see in a treatment? 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 room. You can do this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely encases the window when closed. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping that thoroughly blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how to correctly close Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: When your louvers are open, they are letting heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency). Another window treatment 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 coming in from under the shades. Window treatments that are a light color and use UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect the sun and make a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and utilize a UV-reflecting coating to help your AC bills stay low. If you want curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored backing that reflects sunlight back. Need Help Finding the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Austin is here to help. Contact us at 512-549-6077 or complete the form below to book a free in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you discover the best window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.