The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Miami07/31/2019David White When it’s warm outside, staying cool is essential. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and feel cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Miami. As not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll describe in detail how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll describe how to get the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep the heat outside and the cool air inside. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer 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 reduce your energy bills? Look at some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can stop the Miami summer heat and keep your house cool. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening trap air and could decrease the hot airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when the louvers are down. Cuts down on heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it warms up the glass and that heat can be transferred to your room. Energy efficient window coverings 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 given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should look for high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are shut and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, one of the highest values for window treatments. What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you understand the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what functions should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that are designed to encase the window or trap air The most efficient way to halt airflow is by sealing the air between the window and the treatment. You can do this with window treatments like Polywood shutters that completely encases the window when closed. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even have weather stripping that completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below shows how you should close Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: If your plantation shutters 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 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 use UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and make a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. Our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and utilize a UV-reflecting coating to help your AC bills stay low. If you use curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored backing that reflects back UV rays. Need Help Finding the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're looking for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Miami is here to help. Give us a call at 305-520-7515 or complete the form below to book a free in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you discover the perfect window treatment that fits your style, budget, and home.