The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Detroit07/31/2019Steve Hill When it’s hot outside, staying cool is critical. One way you can decrease your energy bills and stay 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 show you precisely how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can stay cool when the outside is hot. How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You know the importance of well-insulated attics and walls, but did you know that window treatments can act as an easy step to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Here are just some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Detroit summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening block air and can reduce the warm airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re fully closed. 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. Maximizes R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You should look for high R-value window treatments. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, a high value for window treatments. What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments 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 block airflow is by sealing the air between the window and 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 you should close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your Polywood shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). An additional 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 photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and are a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why 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, look for a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays. Need Help Choosing 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 schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you choose the perfect window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.