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The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Philadelphia

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, keeping cool is important. One way you can reduce your energy bills and feel cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Philadelphia. 

While not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll describe precisely how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to figure out the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep the heat outside and the air conditioning inside.

Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can thwart the Philadelphia summer heat and keep your house cool. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening trap air and can decrease the hot airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Cuts down on heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it heats up the pane and that heat might then flow to the inside space. Energy efficient window treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by about 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Has a large R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of insulating materials. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You want a window covering to use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you want in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that we covered the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what functions should you want to see in a treatment?
 

Window treatments that will enclose the window or trap air

The most efficient way to block airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters that completely encases the window when closed. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping which further stops air transfer. The video below explains how to best use Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: As your plantation shutters are open, they let heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency).


An additional window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. But, 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 employ UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect the sun and are a great choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and also have a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills.

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

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

If you're looking for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia has what you need. Contact us at 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below to book a free in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you find the perfect window covering for your energy efficient needs.

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