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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Boise

July 31, 2019

When it’s warm outside, keeping cool is essential. A great way way you can decrease your energy bills and keep cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Boise. 

While not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll describe exactly how window treatments can block heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll show you how to get the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep the heat outside and the cold air inside.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can stop the Boise summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening block air and may reduce the hot airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when the louvers are down. 

  2. Reduces heat transfer - When the sun comes through your window it warms up the pane and that heat might then flow to inside rooms. Energy efficient window treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by roughly 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You should look for high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 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 a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what exactly should you look for?
 

Window treatments that can encase the window or trap air

The greatest way to block airflow is by covering every way air can seep through the window. You can achieve this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely protects the window when closed. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even have weather stripping that further stops air transfer. The video below explains how to best use Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they are letting heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency).


Another window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. But, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow coming in from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect heat and are a great choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and utilize a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your home stay cool.

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

Need Help Choosing the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round?

If you're searching for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions has what you need. Give us a call at 208-609-9129 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you find the perfect window covering for your style, budget, and home.

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