The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Denver07/31/2019Gary Harding When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is essential. A way you can reduce your energy bills and keep cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Denver. Since not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll let you know in detail how window treatments will stop heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll show you how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can feel cool when the outside is hot. Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You know the importance of well-insulated attics and walls, but did you know that window coverings can be an effective way to keep your energy bills down? Let’s list a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the Denver summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Obstructs airflow - Treatments that completely covers your window opening seal off air and may lessen the hot airflow through your windows. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re shut completely. Curtails heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it heats up the glass and that heat might then flow to inside rooms. Energy efficient treatments weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by about 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window covering to use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, which is fairly high for window treatments. What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you understand the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what functions should you look for? Window treatments that can encase the window or trap air The best way to block airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely covers the window when the louvers are shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping that thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below shows how to best use Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your Polywood shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). Another window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. However, if you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow coming in from under the shades. Window coverings that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and can be a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and use a UV-reflecting layer to help your home stay cool. If you want curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored backing that reflects back UV rays. Need Help Picking the Best Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round? If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Denver can help. Don’t hesitate to call at 720-538-0182 or fill out the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you discover the perfect window covering for your energy efficient needs.