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The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in San Jose

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, keeping cool is critical. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and feel cool is to pick the perfect 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 figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep hot air where it should stay - outside.

Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can block the San Jose summer heat and keep your house cool. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening seal off air and can decrease the hot airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood 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 pane and that heat will then transfer 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.

  3. Has a large R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window covering to have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and used with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that we covered the ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what exactly should you want to see in a treatment?
 

Window treatments that will completely cover the window or trap air

The best way to block airflow is by sealing the air between the window and the inside space. You can achieve 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: When your plantation shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency).


An additional 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 entering from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect the sun 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 paint on them to help your AC bills stay low.

If you want curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored backing that reflects the light.

Need Help Picking the Perfect 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 book a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you choose the perfect window treatment that fits your style, budget, and home.

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