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The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Atlanta

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot and sticky outside, staying cool is critical. A way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to pick the perfect 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 show you how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep hot air where it should be - outside.

Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can thwart the Atlanta summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening trap air and can decrease the warm airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters block 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 heats up the glass and that heat can be transferred to the inside space. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by roughly 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. 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 closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, which is fairly high for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

Polywood Shutters in Atlanta kitchen

Now that we covered 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 block airflow is by confining the air between the window and the inside space. You can achieve this with treatments like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when closed. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping that completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how you should close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your Polywood shutters are open, they let heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency).


An additional 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

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Light colors reflect heat and are a great choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored backing that reflects the light.

Need Help Finding 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 style, budget, and home.

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