The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Colorado Springs07/31/2019Gary Harding When it’s hot and sticky outside, feeling cool is important. A great way way you can reduce your energy bills and keep cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Colorado Springs. Since not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll show you exactly how window treatments can block heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll describe how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the hot temperature outside and the air conditioning inside. How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer 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 an effective way to keep your energy bills down? Let’s list some of the ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® plantation shutters can thwart the Colorado Springs summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Stops airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening block air and could reduce the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when the louvers are down. Curtails heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it heats up the pane and that heat might then flow to your room. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by about 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Uses a high R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You should try to install high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values for window treatments. What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you understand some of the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what specific features should you want in a covering? Window treatments that will encase the window or trap air The greatest way to stop airflow is by trapping the air between the window and the treatment. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely covers the window when shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping that completely stops air transfer. The video below shows how to best use Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: When your plantation shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). An additional window treatment option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped material. However, if there’s a gap between the window and the shades, you can still have airflow coming in from under the shades. Window coverings that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and can be a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters come in three hues of white and use a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills. If you want curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays. Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs can help. Don’t hesitate to call at 303-625-6431 or fill out the form below to schedule a no-cost 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.