The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in San Jose07/31/2019Curtis Orton When it’s warm outside, keeping cool is important. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and feel cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in San Jose. As not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll describe in detail how window treatments can block heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep cool when summer becomes hot. Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You understand the benefits of well-insulated attics and walls, but did you know that window treatments can be an easy step to reduce your energy bills? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® plantation shutters can block the San Jose summer heat and keep your house cool. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening trap air and may reduce the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re fully closed. Reduces heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it warms up the pane and that heat can be transferred to the inside space. Energy efficient window treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by about 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should look for high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are shut and used with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, one of the highest values 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 exactly 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 the air between the window and the inside space. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely protects the window when shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even have weather stripping that completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to correctly close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your plantation shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency). Another window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. However, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow coming in from under the shades. Window treatments that are a light color and use UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect heat and are a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. Our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and utilize a UV-reflecting coating to help your AC bills stay low. If you’re buying curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored backing that reflects the light. Need Help Picking the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're seeking the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters San Jose has what you need. Don’t hesitate to call at 916-542-1305 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you choose the perfect window treatment that fits your windows.