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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in San Antonio

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot and sticky outside, keeping cool is critical. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and stay cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in San Antonio. 

While not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll let you know exactly how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep cool when the days are hot.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can stop the San Antonio summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Treatments that completely covers your window opening block air and can reduce the warm airflow through your windows. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Cuts down on heat transfer - When the sun comes through your window it heats up the glass and that heat might then flow to the inside space. Energy efficient window treatments weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by about 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Has a large R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. If you want energy efficient window coverings, they should have earned a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, which is fairly high for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you understand a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what exactly should you want in a covering?

Window treatments that can encase the window or trap air

The most efficient way to halt airflow is by firmly covering every way air can enter through the window. You can achieve this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely protects the window when the louvers are shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping that thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to correctly close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they let heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency).

An alternative window covering option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. But, if you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow coming in from under the shades.

Window treatments that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect heat and make a great choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your home stay cool.

If you use curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored material that reflects sunlight back.

Need Help Picking the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond?

If you're searching for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters San Antonio has what you need. Contact us at 210-876-0377 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you choose the best window treatment for your energy efficient needs.