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The Perfect Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Indianapolis

July 31, 2019

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. 

Since not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll let you know precisely how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll show you how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat outside and the cool air inside.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Indianapolis summer heat and keep your house cool. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Window treatments that completely covers 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 coming from your window when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Reduces 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 treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen 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.

  3. 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 closed 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

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

Window treatments that are designed to encase the window or trap air

The greatest way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can accomplish this with window treatments like Polywood shutters which completely protects the window when closed. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping that completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to best use Polywood shutters to get the most 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 you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow creeping from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect light and make a smart choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three hues of white and use a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays.

Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round?

If you're looking for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis is here to help. Give us a call at 317-558-9066 or complete the form below to book a no-cost in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you find the perfect window covering for your energy efficient needs.