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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Dallas

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, keeping cool is essential. A great way way you can reduce your energy bills and keep cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Dallas. 

As not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll describe precisely how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll show you how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep hot air where it belongs - outside.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can thwart the Dallas summer heat and keep your house cool. 
  1. Stops airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening seal off air and could decrease the warm airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood 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 comes through your window it warms up the glass and that heat will then transfer to inside rooms. Energy efficient window treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by about 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a given material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should look for high R-value window treatments. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, one of the highest values for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that we covered some of the ways that window treatments can block heat, what functions should you look for?
 

Window treatments that will enclose the window or trap air

The most efficient way to stop airflow is by trapping the air between the window and your room. You can accomplish this with treatments like Polywood shutters that completely encases the window when shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even have weather stripping which completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below shows how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: If your louvers are open, they will allow heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency).


An additional window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. However, 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 use UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect light and make a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. Our Polywood shutters are available in three shades of white and also have a UV-reflecting layer to help your energy bills.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored backing that reflects the light.

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

If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Dallas has what you need. Give us a call at 214-301-5066 or complete the form below to request a free in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you discover the perfect window treatment for your windows.

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