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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Fort Myers

July 31, 2019

When it’s warm outside, staying cool is critical. A way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Fort Myers. 

Since not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll let you know exactly how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the hot temperature outside and the cool air inside.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can block the Fort Myers summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Stops airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening trap air and may decrease the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Curtails heat transfer - When the sun flows through your window it heats up the pane and that heat will then transfer to inside rooms. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by about 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a given material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window treatment to earn a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, which is fairly high for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you know some of the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you want to see in a treatment?
 

Window treatments that will encase the window or trap air

The most efficient way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can do this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping which further blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they let heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency).


An alternative window covering option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. However, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow creeping from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect light and can be a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and use a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills.

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

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

If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers is here to help. Contact us at 239-208-6577 or fill out the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you choose the best window treatment for your energy efficient needs.

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