The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Dallas07/31/2019Collins Jones When it’s warm outside, staying 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 show you 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 cool when summer becomes hot. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You know the importance of well-insulated attics, windows, and walls, but did you know that window coverings can act as a great option to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Here are just some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can thwart the Dallas summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening trap 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. Cuts down on heat transfer - When the sun comes through your window it warms up the glass and that heat can be transferred to inside rooms. Energy efficient window coverings 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. Maximizes R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window covering to use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, one of the highest values for window treatments. What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments Now that we covered the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what functions should you want in a covering? Window treatments that can enclose the window or trap air The most efficient way to block airflow is by sealing off every way air can enter through the window. You can accomplish this with window treatments like Polywood shutters that completely covers the window when closed. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping which completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below shows how to correctly close Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: If your Polywood shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). Another 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 photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and make a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and also have a UV-reflecting layer to help your home stay cool. If you want 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 All Year Round? If you're looking 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 options and help you find the best window treatment for your style, budget, and home.