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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Raleigh

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot and sticky outside, feeling cool is essential. A way you can reduce your energy bills and feel cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Raleigh. 

Since not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll show you in detail how window treatments can block heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you how to figure out the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep hot air where it should be - outside.

Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Raleigh summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening block air and can decrease the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re fully closed. 

  2. Cuts down on heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it heats up the pane and that heat might then flow to your room. Energy efficient window treatments weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by about 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. If you need energy efficient window treatments, they should use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you want in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that we covered a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what specific features should you look for?

Window treatments that will encase the window or trap air

The best way to block airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can accomplish this with treatments like Polywood shutters that completely covers the window when the louvers are shut. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping which completely stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to best use Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: As your plantation shutters are open, they will allow heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency).

Another window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. But, if you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow creeping from under the shades.

Window coverings that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect the sun and are a great choice for energy efficient window treatments. Our Polywood shutters come in three variations of white and utilize a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored material that reflects the light.

Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond?

If you're searching for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Raleigh has what you need. Contact us at 919-887-9198 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you find the perfect window treatment that fits your style, budget, and home.