The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Indianapolis07/31/2019Bill Burke When it’s hot outside, feeling cool is essential. A great way way you can reduce your energy bills and stay cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Indianapolis. While not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll let you know exactly how window treatments prevent 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 Heat 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 coverings can be a great option to reduce your energy bills? Let’s list a few ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Indianapolis summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Obstructs airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening trap air and can reduce the hot airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re fully closed. Cuts down on heat transfer - When the sun flows through your window it heats up the glass and that heat might then flow to inside rooms. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by roughly 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Uses a high R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You should look for high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are shut and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, which is fairly high for window treatments. What you want in energy-efficient window treatments Now that we covered a few ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what exactly should you look for? Window treatments that are designed to completely cover the window or trap air The greatest way to stop airflow is by confining the air between the window and the treatment. You can accomplish this with window treatments like Polywood shutters which completely protects the window when shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even have weather stripping that further blocks off any air transfer. The video below shows how to best use Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: When your plantation shutters are open, they let heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). An alternative window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. But, if there’s a gap between the window and the shades, you can still have airflow creeping 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 light and make a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. Our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low. If you want curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored material that reflects sunlight back. Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round? If you're searching for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis is here to help. Contact us at 317-558-9066 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you discover the perfect window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.