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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in New Brunswick

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, staying cool is important. One way you can decrease your energy bills and keep cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in New Brunswick. 

While not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll describe in detail how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep the heat outside and the cold air inside.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

Plantation shutters in airy sunroom.

Polywood® plantation shutters can block the New Brunswick summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Treatments that completely covers your window opening trap air and may reduce the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re fully closed. 

  2. Curtails heat transfer - When the sun shines through your window it heats up the glass and that heat will then transfer to your room. Energy efficient window treatments weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by almost 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Uses a high R-value - R-value measures the energy efficiency of a material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. You want a window covering to have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

Polywood Shutters in New Brunswick kitchen

Now that you understand the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what exactly should you want to see in a treatment?

Window treatments that can encase the window or trap air

The greatest way to stop airflow is by firmly covering every way air can enter through the window. You can achieve this with window treatments like Polywood shutters which completely covers the window when the louvers are shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping which completely blocks off any air transfer. The video below explains how to correctly close Polywood shutters to get the most energy efficiency. (Hint: As your louvers are open, they let heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency).

An additional window treatment 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 entering from under the shades.

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

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Light colors reflect the sun and make a good choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three variations of white and utilize a UV-reflecting paint on them to help your energy bills.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored backing that reflects sunlight back.

Need Help Picking the Best Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round?

If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick has what you need. Give us a call at 732-301-6168 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. When we come to your house, we’ll walk you through all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you choose the best window treatment for your windows.