When it’s warm outside, feeling cool is critical. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Kingsport.
As not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll let you know in detail how window treatments can block heat from coming in. Also, we’ll show you how to figure out the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep cool when the outside is hot.
Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat
Polywood® plantation shutters can thwart the Kingsport summer heat and keep your home comfortable.
Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening block air and could decrease the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re fully closed.
Curtails heat transfer - As the sun flows through your window it heats up the pane and that heat will then transfer to the inside space. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by roughly 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.
Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should look for high R-value window coverings. 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 want in energy-efficient window treatments
Now that we covered a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what exactly should you want to see in a treatment?
Window treatments that are designed to enclose the window or trap air
The greatest way to halt airflow is by sealing off every way air can enter through the window. You can do this with window treatments like Polywood shutters that completely protects the window when shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping that completely stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to correctly close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your louvers are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency).
An additional window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. 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 coverings that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material
Light colors reflect light and can be a great choice for energy efficient window treatments. Our Polywood shutters come in three hues of white and also have a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your energy bills.
If you want curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays.
Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond?
If you're seeking the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Kingsport has what you need. Give us a call at 276-685-5343 or fill out the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you choose the perfect window covering for your style, budget, and home.