The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Boston07/31/2019Holly Perron When it’s warm outside, staying cool is important. One way you can decrease your energy bills and keep cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Boston. Since not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll describe precisely how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat outside and the cold air inside. How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You know the need for well-insulated attics, windows, and walls, but did you know that window treatments can be an effective way to keep your energy bills down? Let’s list a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the Boston summer heat and keep your house cool. Obstructs airflow - Treatments that fit tight in your window opening trap air and could decrease the warm airflow through your windows. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re shut completely. Reduces heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it warms up the glass and that heat can be transferred to inside rooms. Energy efficient window treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by almost 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than wood 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 want a window covering to have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, a high value for window treatments. What you want in energy-efficient window treatments Now that we covered some of the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what exactly should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that are designed to encase the window or trap air The greatest way to halt airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can achieve this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely protects the window when shut. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping that thoroughly blocks off any air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to best use Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your louvers are open, they will allow heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). Another window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. 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 can be a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your energy bills. If you’re buying curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored backing that reflects sunlight back. Need Help Picking the Right Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round? If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Boston is here to help. Give us a call at 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below to request a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you find the best window covering for your windows.