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The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Fort Lauderdale

July 31, 2019

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

Since not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll show you in detail how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll describe how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep hot air where it should stay - outside.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can block the Fort Lauderdale summer heat and keep your house cool. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening seal off air and can reduce the warm airflow from outside to inside. 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 treatments 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 measures the energy efficiency of a material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window coverings. To be designated as energy efficient window coverings, they should use a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you want in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you know a few ways that window treatments can block heat, what exactly should you want in a covering?

Window treatments that will completely cover the window or trap air

The most efficient way to halt airflow is by firmly covering every place air can enter through the window. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely encases 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 you should close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If 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 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 coverings that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect heat and can be a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three hues of white and also have a UV-reflecting layer to help your energy bills.

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

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

If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale can 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 covering for your energy efficient needs.