The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Atlanta07/31/2019Dan Taylor When it’s hot and sticky outside, keeping cool is critical. A way you can lower your energy bills and stay cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Atlanta. Since not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll show you in detail how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep cool when the outside is hot. Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You know the importance of well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window coverings can act as a great option to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Look at a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can thwart the Atlanta summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Obstructs airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening trap air and may reduce the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when the louvers are down. Reduces heat transfer - When the sun comes through your window it heats up the glass 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 are up to 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Uses a high R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of insulating materials. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You want a window covering to use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, which is fairly high for window treatments. What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you know some of the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what functions should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that can enclose the window or trap air The greatest way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can do this with treatments like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when closed. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even have weather stripping that further blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how to correctly close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your Polywood shutters are open, they let heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). Another window treatment option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. But, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow entering from under the shades. Window coverings that are a light color and use UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect heat and are a great choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and use 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 the light. Need Help Choosing the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're looking for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Atlanta has what you need. Don’t hesitate to call at 404-962-8517 or complete the form below to request a free in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you find the best window covering for your windows.