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The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Virginia Beach

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, staying cool is essential. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Virginia Beach. 

Since not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll describe in detail how window treatments will stop heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll show you how to get the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can feel cool when summer becomes hot.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the Virginia Beach summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Treatments that completely covers your window opening block air and can lessen the hot airflow through your windows. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when the louvers are down. 

  2. Reduces heat transfer - When the sun flows through your window it heats up the pane and that heat might then flow to inside rooms. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by roughly 46% and are up to 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and about 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 used for windows, insulation, and window coverings. If you want energy efficient window coverings, they should have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values for window treatments.

What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you understand some of the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what exactly should you look for?

Window treatments that can enclose the window or trap air

The most efficient way to halt airflow is by sealing off the window from your room. You can do this with treatments like Polywood shutters that completely encases the window when the louvers are shut. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping that completely stops air transfer. The video below shows how to best use Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they let heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency).

An alternative window covering option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. But, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow coming in from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect light and make a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. It’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three variations of white and also have a UV-reflecting coating to help your home stay cool.

If you use curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored material that reflects the light.

Need Help Choosing the Right Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round?

If you're seeking the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach can help. Give us a call at 757-210-6448 or fill out the form below to request a no-cost in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment options and help you discover the perfect window covering for your windows.