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The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Salt Lake City

July 31, 2019

When it’s warm outside, feeling cool is essential. A way you can decrease your energy bills and feel cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Salt Lake City. 

While not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll let you know precisely how window treatments can block heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll show you how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can stay cool when the days are hot.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the Salt Lake City summer heat and keep your house cool. 
  1. Stops airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening trap air and can lessen the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Cuts down on heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it heats up the glass and that heat will then transfer to inside rooms. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by roughly 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a given 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 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 know the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you want in a covering?
 

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

The best way to stop airflow is by covering every way air can enter through the window. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely protects the window when shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping which further blocks off any air transfer. The video below shows how to best use Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: If your plantation shutters are open, they will allow heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency).


Another window covering option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. 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 treatments that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect light and are a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and use a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your energy bills.

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

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

If you're seeking the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City can help. Contact us at 801-515-3598 or complete the form below to request a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you discover the best window covering for your energy efficient needs.

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