The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Boise07/31/2019Spencer Madsen When it’s hot outside, keeping cool is essential. A great way way you can decrease your energy bills and stay cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Boise. While not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll describe precisely 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 stay cool when the days are hot. How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop 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 coverings can be a great option to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Here are just some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can stop the Boise summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Stops airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening block air and may decrease the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when the louvers are down. 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 coverings reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by almost 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Has a large R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window coverings. If you want energy efficient window treatments, they should have earned a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments. What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments Now that we covered a few ways that window treatments can block heat, what exactly should you look for? Window treatments that will encase the window or trap air The greatest way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can do 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 uses 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). An additional window treatment option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. 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 photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect the sun and make a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three hues of white and also have a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills. If you use curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored material that reflects the light. Need Help Choosing the Right 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. Contact us 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 options and help you find the perfect window treatment that fits your windows.