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The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Seattle

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot and sticky outside, keeping cool is essential. A way you can decrease your energy bills and feel cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Seattle. 

As not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll show you exactly how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll show you how to find the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can stay cool when summer becomes hot.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can thwart the Seattle summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Stops airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening block air and could lessen the hot airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re fully closed. 

  2. Curtails heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it warms up the pane and that heat will then transfer to the inside space. Energy efficient window treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by roughly 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Uses a high R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. If you need energy efficient window coverings, they should use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, which is fairly high for window treatments.

What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you understand some of the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what exactly should you look for?

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

The greatest way to block airflow is by covering every place air can come through the window. You can do this with treatments like Polywood shutters which completely protects the window when closed. 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 best use Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: When your plantation shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency).

An additional window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. But, if you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow coming in from under the shades.

Window coverings that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect the sun and can be a great choice for energy efficient window coverings. It’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting coating to help your home stay cool.

If you use curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored backing that reflects the light.

Need Help Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond?

If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Washington is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call at 360-464-2277 or complete the form below to request a no-cost in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you find the best window treatment that fits your windows.