The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Raleigh07/31/2019Blake Jarman 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. While not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll describe in detail how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to find the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can stay cool when the outside is hot. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the need for well-insulated attics, windows, and walls, but did you know that window treatments can be a great option to keep your energy bills down? Here are just some of the ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Raleigh summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Stops airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening block air and can decrease the warm airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re fully closed. 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 treatments weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by about 46% and will be 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 a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. If you need energy efficient window treatments, they should have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are closed 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 Now that we covered a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what functions should you look for? Window treatments that will completely cover the window or trap air The best way to block airflow is by firmly covering every avenue where air can enter through the window. You can accomplish this with window 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). An additional 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 photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect heat and make 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 Choosing the Right 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 book a free in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you discover the perfect window treatment that fits your windows.