The Right Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Minneapolis07/31/2019George Christ When it’s warm outside, keeping cool is essential. A great way way you can reduce your energy bills and feel cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Minneapolis. As not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll describe precisely how window treatments will stop heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep the hot temperature outside and the cold air inside. Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny You know the need for well-insulated attics and walls, but did you know that window treatments can act as a great option to reduce your energy bills? Here are just some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Minneapolis summer heat and keep your home comfortable. Seals off airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening block air and could reduce the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop 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 warms up the glass and that heat can be transferred to your room. Energy efficient window coverings weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by about 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Uses a high R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You should try to install high R-value window coverings. When Polywood shutters are shut and used with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, which is fairly high for window treatments. What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments Now that you understand a few ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what exactly should you look for? Window treatments that can enclose the window or trap air The most efficient way to block airflow is by trapping the air between the window and the inside space. You can achieve this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely encases the window when closed. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping which completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below shows how to correctly close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: When your Polywood shutters are open, they let heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency). An additional window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. But, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow creeping 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 the sun and can be a great 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 coating to help your AC bills stay low. If you want curtains or drapes, pick ones with a light-colored material that reflects sunlight back. Need Help Picking the Best Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond? If you're seeking the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis has what you need. Contact us at 952-856-8130 or fill out the form below to request 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 choose the best window covering for your style, budget, and home.