The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Tampa07/31/2019Eric Ramsey When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is critical. One way you can decrease your energy bills and feel cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Tampa. As not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll describe precisely how window treatments can block heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you how to get the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can stay cool when the outside is hot. Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the benefits of well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window treatments can be a great option to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Look at some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can thwart the Tampa summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Obstructs airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening seal off air and can reduce the hot airflow through your windows. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re fully closed. Curtails heat transfer - When the sun flows through your window it warms up the pane and that heat will then transfer to the inside space. Energy efficient window treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by almost 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Maximizes R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window treatment to use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely 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 Now that you understand some of the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what specific features should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that will enclose the window or trap air The most efficient way to block airflow is by firmly covering every avenue where air can enter through the window. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely covers the window when the louvers are shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping which further stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to best use Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: As your plantation shutters are open, they let heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). Another window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. 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 employ UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect the sun and are a smart choice for energy efficient window coverings. It’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting coating to help your home stay cool. 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 All Year Round? If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Tampa has what you need. Contact us at 813-580-7288 or complete the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you find the perfect window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.