The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Oklahoma City07/31/2019Tyler Jorgensen When it’s hot and sticky outside, staying cool is essential. One way you can reduce your energy bills and stay cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Oklahoma City. Since not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll show you exactly how window treatments can block heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to figure out the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can stay cool when summer becomes hot. Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You understand the need for well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window coverings can act as an easy step to reduce your energy bills? Let’s list some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can stop the Oklahoma City summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Obstructs airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening block air and could lessen 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. Reduces heat transfer - As the sun shines through your window it warms up the pane and that heat can be transferred to your room. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by about 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 quantifies the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You want a window treatment to have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments. What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you understand the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what specific features should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that will encase the window or trap air The most efficient way to stop airflow is by sealing the air between the window and your room. You can do this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely covers the window when closed. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even uses 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: As your Polywood shutters are open, they let heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency). Another window treatment option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. However, if there’s a gap between the window and the shades, you can still have airflow entering from under the shades. Window coverings that are a light color and have UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect heat and are a great choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and utilize a UV-reflecting coating to help your home stay cool. If you use curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored material that reflects the light. Need Help Finding the Right Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're seeking the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City has what you need. Give us a call at 405-300-4664 or complete the form below to request a no-cost in-home consultation. At our visit, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you choose the best window covering for your energy efficient needs.