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The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Denver

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is essential. A way you can reduce your energy bills and stay 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 can block 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 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Denver summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Treatments that completely covers your window opening seal off air and can 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 fully closed. 

  2. 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 lessen 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.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should seek out high R-value window treatments. 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 should look for in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you understand the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you want in a covering?
 

Window treatments that will completely cover the window or trap air

The best way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely encases 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: When your louvers are open, they will allow heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency).


An additional 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

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Light colors reflect light and can be a great choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and use a UV-reflecting layer to help your energy bills.

If you want curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored backing that reflects sunlight back.

Need Help Picking the Best Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round?

If you're searching 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. At our visit, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you discover the perfect window covering for your energy efficient needs.

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