The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Charlotte07/31/2019Neil Blackwelder When it’s warm outside, staying cool is important. One way you can decrease your energy bills and keep cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Charlotte. Since not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll let you know exactly how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can feel cool when the days are hot. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the importance of well-insulated attics and walls, but did you know that window treatments can act as a great option to reduce your energy bills? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® shutters can block the Charlotte summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Obstructs airflow - Treatments that completely covers your window opening block air and could decrease the warm airflow through your windows. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when the louvers are down. Curtails heat transfer - When the sun shines through your window it warms up the pane and that heat might then flow to inside rooms. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by almost 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Maximizes R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should try to install high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are shut and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments. What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you know some of the ways that window treatments can block heat, what specific features should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that will encase the window or trap air The most efficient way to halt airflow is by covering every avenue where air can enter through the window. You can do this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when closed. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping which completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your plantation shutters are open, they will allow heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency). An additional window covering 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 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 heat and make a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters come in three variations of white and also have a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low. If you want curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored backing that reflects back UV rays. Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're looking for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Charlotte is here to help. Contact us at 980-231-1116 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you discover the best window treatment that fits your windows.