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The Best Window Treatments For The Southwest and San Antonio

December 15, 2020

When people think of the American Southwest and San Antonio, they often think of warm, dry weather. However, homeowners know that while the days can be searing, the nights can drop too much colder temperatures. That’s why window treatments in the Southwest must work twice as hard in keeping your home both cool and warm. Plantation shutters and roller shades work well for your San Antonio home.

Interior Shutters Increase Energy Efficiency

Polywood in a bow arched window

If the sun beats down on your San Antonio house throughout the day but leaves you chilly at night, look into window treatments that help keep your interior temperature stable. Plantation shutters have a unique design which makes them great window treatments for Southwest homeowners who want to keep comfortable without overworking their HVAC system.

Plantation shutters shut tightly to block excessive light and temperature extremes. During the day, you can shut the shutter louvers to keep your home cool and dim. As the sun moves, tilt the louvers open to filter the light. If you’d like a cool breeze and unobstructed view of the sunset in the evening, open the shutter panels and your windows for fresh air. Then, close them again after sunset when it cools down.

For excellent energy efficiency, try Polywood® shutters in your home. Their patented weatherstripping can keep your rooms 30 degrees cooler than outside during the hot days. You can use them to lower the temperature in rooms with full sun or put them throughout your house for extra comfort. And, of course, they keep out cold drafts when the desert sun goes down.

Interior shutters look beautiful in San Antonio homes, too. The Southwest enjoys many distinct architectural styles, such as Spanish Mission Revival, Ranch, and modern Southwest-style. Unlike other window treatments, interior shutters are custom-made to snugly fit--rather than cover up--your windows’ shape. Their versatility makes them just as suitable for arched windows in Mission Revival houses as for the sliding glass doors and rectangular windows in Ranch houses.

Interior shutters come in many comfortable neutral hues, too. Use hardwood Ovation® shutters to coordinate with the rich earth and wood tones that are popular in Southwest-style homes. Or you can match the clean white colors of a Spanish Mission home with white Polywood shutters. If you’ve decorated your Ranch home with a natural theme, reclaimed wood shutters will work well in your home. 

Roller Shades Block Out And Diffuse Glaring Light  

Custom shades in a southwest home 

Roller shades are another great option for blocking the sun’s rays. If your San Antonio home has grand, sunny windows where you want to control sun glare and block the heat, blackout roller shades let you do both. Completely opaque, they block outside light and its heat on a blistering Southwest day. However, if you have smaller pueblo-style windows that already limit the sunlight in your home, you can get sheer roller shades and still have natural light.

Roller shades also are available in many different colors, materials, and styles that easily blend in with most types of décor. Color plays an important role in the look and feel of many Southwest home styles. Get colored roller shades of medium opacity to fill a bold Spanish-influenced room with colorful light. Or you can get neutral colored shades for rustic décor. Roller shades’ modern look coordinates with both mid-century and contemporary Ranch homes as well.


Learn About Window Treatments For The Southwest At Sunburst Shutters

Keep your San Antonio home comfortable all day long with energy-efficient window treatments from Sunburst Shutters. We carry a variety of window treatments that coordinate with popular Southwest house styles. To discover the perfect window treatments for your home, call us at 210-876-0377 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation.