The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Fort Lauderdale

Danielle Micich

When it’s warm outside, feeling cool is essential. A way you can lower your energy bills and stay cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Fort Lauderdale. 

Since not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll describe in detail how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat outside and the cold air inside.

Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

Plantation shutters in breezy sunroom. 

photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny 
Most people know the need for well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window treatments can act as an effective way to keep your energy bills down? Let’s list some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can stop the Fort Lauderdale summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening seal off air and may reduce the warm airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when the louvers are down. 

  2. Curtails heat transfer - When the sun flows through your window it warms up the pane and that heat might then flow to your room. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by about 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window coverings. To be designated as energy efficient window coverings, they should have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values for window treatments.

What you want in energy-efficient window treatments

Polywood Shutters in Fort Lauderdale kitchen 

Now that you know a few ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what exactly should you want in a covering?
 

Window treatments that will encase the window or trap air

The best way to halt airflow is by firmly covering every avenue where air can seep through the window. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely covers the window when the louvers are shut. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping that further stops air transfer. The video below shows how to correctly close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: When your Polywood shutters are open, they are letting 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 entering from under the shades.

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

[White|Plantation]313] Shutters in Bedroom 

photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors 
Light colors reflect the sun and can be a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. Our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and utilize a UV-reflecting layer to help your home stay cool.

If you want curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored backing that reflects back UV rays.

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

If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale is here to help. Don’t hesitate to call at 561-440-8535 or fill out the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll demonstrate all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you discover the perfect window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.