The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in New Brunswick

Mike Horn

When it’s hot outside, keeping 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 show you in detail how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll describe how to figure out the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep warm air where it should be - outside.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat 

Plantation shutters in airy sunroom. 

photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny 
You understand the importance of well-insulated attics, windows, and walls, but did you know that window coverings can act as an easy step to keep your energy bills down? Here are just some of the ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can stop the New Brunswick summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Stops airflow - Treatments that completely covers your window opening trap air and may reduce the hot airflow from outside to inside. 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 flows through your window it heats up the glass and that heat will then transfer to the inside space. Energy efficient window coverings reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by almost 46% and are up to 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 given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window coverings. If you want energy efficient window coverings, they should have earned a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values 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 will completely cover the window or trap air

The greatest way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can do this with window treatments like Polywood shutters which completely encases 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 you should 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).

Another window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. But, if you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow coming in from under the shades.

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

[White|Plantation]313] Shutters in Bedroom 

photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors 
Light colors reflect the sun and are a great choice for energy efficient window treatments. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three variations of white and utilize a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills.

If you want curtains or drapes, make sure that they have 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. Contact us 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 options and help you choose the best window treatment for your style, budget, and home.