The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Orlando07/31/2019Todd Hansen When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is critical. A way you can decrease 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 describe precisely how window treatments prevent heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll describe how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the hot temperature outside and the air conditioning inside. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the benefits of well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window treatments can act as an easy step to keep your energy bills down? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® shutters can block the Orlando summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Stops airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening trap air and may reduce the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when the louvers are down. Reduces heat transfer - When the sun flows through your window it warms up the pane and that heat can be transferred to the inside space. Energy efficient window treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by roughly 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of insulating materials. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should seek out high R-value window treatments. When Polywood shutters are shut and used 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 a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what specific features should you look for? Window treatments that can completely cover the window or trap air The greatest way to halt airflow is by confining the air between the window and the treatment. You can do this with treatments like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when shut. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping that completely stops air transfer. The video below shows how you should close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they will allow heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). Another 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 treatments that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect the sun and can be a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and also have a UV-reflecting coating 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 Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Orlando can 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 options and help you find the perfect window treatment for your energy efficient needs.