The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Jacksonville07/31/2019Kevin McCormack When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is critical. A great way way you can decrease your energy bills and feel cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Jacksonville. While not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll show you exactly how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat outside and the cool air inside. 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 coverings can be a great option to reduce your energy bills? Look at some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Jacksonville summer heat and keep your house cool. Stops airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening block air and could decrease the hot 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. Curtails heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it warms up the glass and that heat will then transfer to inside rooms. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by almost 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window treatments. To be designated as energy efficient window coverings, they should use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values for window treatments. What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you know a few ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what exactly should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that will enclose the window or trap air The greatest way to halt airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can do this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when closed. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping that thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they let heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). An alternative window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. However, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow creeping 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 are a great choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three variations of white and also have a UV-reflecting layer to help your home stay cool. If you’re buying curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored backing that reflects the light. Need Help Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're looking for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville has what you need. Give us a call at 904-289-1663 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you discover the perfect window treatment for your windows.