The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Destin07/31/2019Eric Ramsey When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is essential. One way you can lower your energy bills and stay cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Destin. Since not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll show you precisely how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can feel cool when the outside is hot. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You understand the need for well-insulated attics and walls, but did you know that window coverings can act as a great option to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Look at a few ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® shutters can thwart the Destin summer heat and keep your house cool. Seals off airflow - Treatments that completely covers your window opening block air and may decrease the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re shut completely. Cuts down on heat transfer - As the sun flows through your window it heats up the pane and that heat might then flow to your room. Energy efficient window coverings hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by almost 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Has a large R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window treatment to have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, which is fairly high for window treatments. What you want in energy-efficient window treatments Now that we covered some of the ways that window treatments can block heat, what exactly should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that are designed to enclose the window or trap air The greatest way to stop airflow is by sealing off every avenue where air can come through the window. You can accomplish 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 that further blocks off any air transfer. The video below shows how you should close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your louvers are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). An additional window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. However, if you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow creeping from under the shades. Window treatments that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and make a smart choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and also have a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills. If you want curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored material that reflects the light. Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're seeking the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Destin is here to help. Contact us at 850-203-0419 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you choose the best window treatment for your windows.