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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Orlando

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is important. A way you can lower your energy bills and feel cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Orlando. 

As not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll show you exactly how window treatments prevent heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep hot air where it should be - outside.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can stop the Orlando summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening trap air and may decrease the hot airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when the louvers are down. 

  2. Reduces heat transfer - When the sun flows through your window it warms up the pane and that heat will then transfer to the inside space. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by almost 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of insulating materials. We use it for windows, insulation, and window treatments. If you need energy efficient window treatments, they should have earned a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are closed and used 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 a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what specific features should you look for?
 

Window treatments that can encase the window or trap air

The greatest way to halt airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can achieve this with window treatments like Polywood shutters which completely covers the window when shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even have weather stripping that further stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how you should close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your Polywood shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency).


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

Window treatments that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect the sun 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 also have a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your energy bills.

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

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

If you're looking for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Orlando is here to help. Give us a call at 407-630-7011 or fill out the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you find the perfect window treatment for your energy efficient needs.

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