The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Philadelphia

Holly Perron

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

Since not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll show you precisely how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you how to figure out the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep hot air where it should be - outside.

Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

Interior shutters in airy room. 

photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny 
You understand the importance of well-insulated attics, windows, and walls, but did you know that window coverings can act as an effective way to reduce your energy bills? Let’s list a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can thwart the Philadelphia summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening seal off air and can reduce 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 fully closed. 

  2. Reduces 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 coverings hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce 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. Maximizes R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of insulating materials. We use it for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You should try to install 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 want in energy-efficient window treatments

Polywood Shutters in Philadelphia kitchen 

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 can enclose the window or trap air

The most efficient way to stop 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 have 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 little pockets. 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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photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors 
Light colors reflect heat and make a good 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 home stay cool.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, look for 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. Give us a call 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 choices and help you discover the perfect window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.