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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Phoenix

July 31, 2019

When it’s warm outside, feeling cool is critical. One way you can reduce your energy bills and feel cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in Phoenix. 

As not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll let you know precisely how window treatments will stop heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll describe how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat outside and the cool air inside.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Phoenix summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Treatments that fit tight in your window opening trap air and may lessen the hot airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Cuts down on heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it warms up the glass and that heat might then flow to your room. Energy efficient treatments weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by almost 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 measures the energy efficiency of insulating materials. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should seek out high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, which is fairly high for window treatments.

What you want in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that we covered a few ways that window treatments can block heat, what functions should you look for?
 

Window treatments that can encase the window or trap air

The most efficient way to stop airflow is by sealing off every way air can come through the window. You can accomplish this with window treatments like Polywood shutters that completely covers the window when shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping which thoroughly blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how to best use Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: When your Polywood shutters are open, they let heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency).


An alternative window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. However, if there’s a gap between the window and the shades, you can still have airflow creeping from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect heat and are a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. It’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three shades of white and also have a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored material that reflects the light.

Need Help Picking the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond?

If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Phoenix can help. Don’t hesitate to call at 480-485-7743 or complete the form below to book a free in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you find the best window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.

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