The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Fort Myers07/31/2019Charlie Cole and Brady Parker When it’s hot outside, staying cool is important. A way you can decrease your energy bills and keep cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Fort Myers. Since not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll let you know exactly how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll show you how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep hot air where it should be - outside. How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the importance of well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window treatments can be a great option to keep your energy bills down? Look at some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can stop the Fort Myers summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Obstructs airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening seal off air and can reduce the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re shut completely. Curtails heat transfer - When the sun shines through your window it heats up the pane and that heat can be transferred to inside rooms. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by about 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. 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 closed 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 Now that you know the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what functions should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that can encase the window or trap air The most efficient way to block airflow is by sealing the air between the window and the treatment. You can do this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when closed. 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 get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: As your Polywood shutters 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 use UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect light and can be a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. Our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and use a UV-reflecting paint on them 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 can help. Contact us at 239-208-6577 or fill out the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you choose the best window treatment for your energy efficient needs.