The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Nashville07/31/2019Stefano Diotaiuti When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is critical. One way you can lower your energy bills and stay cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Nashville. While not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll let you know in detail how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to find the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep hot air where it should be - outside. How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block 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 coverings can be a great option to keep your energy bills down? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the Nashville summer heat and keep your house cool. Seals off airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening block air and may decrease the warm airflow through your windows. Our Polywood plantation 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 hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by almost 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Has a large R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You want a window treatment to earn a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values for window treatments. What you want in energy-efficient window treatments Now that we covered a few ways that window treatments can block heat, what specific features should you look for? Window treatments that are designed to completely cover the window or trap air The greatest way to block airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can accomplish this with treatments like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when closed. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping that further stops air transfer. The video below shows how to best use Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they let heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). An alternative window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. But, if there’s a gap between the window and the shades, you can still have airflow entering 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 heat and are a great choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting coating to help your home stay cool. If you’re buying curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored backing that reflects sunlight back. Need Help Picking the Best Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Nashville can help. Contact us at 615-236-8530 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you choose the perfect window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.