The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Kingsport07/31/2019Jacob Hayes When it’s warm outside, feeling cool is important. One way you can decrease your energy bills and stay cool is to pick the perfect 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 will stop heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you how to find the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep warm air where it belongs - outside. Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You know the benefits of well-insulated attics and windows, 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 coverings like our Polywood® plantation shutters can thwart the Kingsport summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Stops airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening block air and could decrease the hot airflow from outside to inside. 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 shines through your window it warms up the pane and that heat will then transfer to the inside space. Energy efficient window coverings reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by almost 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and about 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. If you want energy efficient window coverings, they should have 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 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 trapping the air between the window and your room. You can achieve 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 further stops air transfer. The video below shows how you should close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your Polywood shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). Another window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. However, if there’s a gap between the window and the shades, you can still have airflow creeping from under the shades. Window coverings that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and can be a good 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 home stay cool. If you’re buying curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored material that reflects sunlight back. Need Help Choosing the Right 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 276-378-7422 or fill out the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you choose the perfect window treatment that fits your style, budget, and home.