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The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Detroit

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, keeping cool is important. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Detroit. 

As not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll describe precisely how window treatments can block heat from coming in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep warm air where it should be - outside.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Detroit summer heat and keep your house cool. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening block air and can decrease the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Curtails heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it heats up the pane and that heat might then flow to the inside space. Energy efficient window treatments weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by roughly 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Has a large R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You want a window treatment to have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values for window treatments.

What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you understand a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what functions should you look for?
 

Window treatments that are designed to enclose the window or trap air

The greatest way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can accomplish this with treatments like Polywood shutters that completely protects the window when the louvers are shut. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping which thoroughly blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers 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 little pockets. 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 use UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect light and are a great choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters come in three hues of white and utilize a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your AC bills stay low.

If you use curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored material that reflects sunlight back.

Need Help Finding the Right Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round?

If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Detroit is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call at 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you choose the perfect window covering for your energy efficient needs.

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