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Windows can be one of the home’s most attractive features – but they can also be the main source of temperature loss. According to the US Department of Energy, windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of your heating bill. Fortunately, improving insulation doesn’t have to mean replacing all your windows.
Measuring Energy Efficiency
Understanding the following three terms will help you make smart choices when searching for ways to make your windows more energy efficient.
U-factor: The window industry measures the energy efficiency in terms of thermal transmission, also known as U-factor. The U-factor shows you how well the window keeps the air conditioned temperature inside your home from escaping outside. A low U-factor means the window will insulate your house better.
Solar heat gain: This measures how well the window blocks heat from the sun from getting indoors.
R-value: Insulating products are rated in terms of thermal resistance – how well the product resists heat loss. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation.
Homeowners have several options for improving window insulation. Blinds, drapes, and shades offer minimal energy savings. Interior plantation shutters are a good way many homeowners choose to increase energy efficiency while adding distinctive style.
Ordinary shutters can allow significant airflow and heat transfer through unsealed gaps. The Polywood Shutter Insulating System was created by Sunburst Shutters to reduce temperature flow through windows. Polywood has been tested and proven to reduce heat transfer and significantly improve the U-factor, solar heat gain, and R-value of any window. Adding Polywood to a standard double paned window provides a U-factor of 0.10 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.17 - which are better ratings than most replacement windows by themselves.
The Polywood shutter’s inner core is made from materials that act as an insulator, and the panels have built-in weather stripping and a unique paint finish which reflects temperature, all of which helps block out extreme temperatures and the sun’s damaging rays. Thermal imaging tests show that Polywood offers up to 30 degrees of protection against outdoor heat and cold extremes.
Polywood shutters are designed to last a lifetime and resist normal wear and tear issues that plague wood and inferior materials. Thanks to their sturdy construction, they also protect your home from harmful UV rays and heat which can place a greater strain on your HVAC system (and your wallet). Heating and cooling can account for over half annual energy costs in the average household, but you can control your expenses with Polywood shutters down and keep your home looking beautiful. Read on for tips on using your new Polywood shutters effectively:
Energy Efficient Usage
The heat in Las Vegas Valley can severely inflate your cooling bill during the summer, but Polywood shutters can keep the heat out and keep your home looking beautiful. Windows are one of the biggest sources of heat flux in your home (even new energy-efficient double-glazed windows), which can cause your HVAC system to work that much harder. Additionally, harmful UV rays can actually cause your furniture and carpeting to fade over time. Polywood shutters can block up to 30 degrees of air flow, have an R-Value of 6, can reduce over 45 percent in heat transfer, and is up to 70 percent more efficient than wood shutters.
How to Close the Shutters
It helps to think of your new Polywood shutters as another set of windows for severe weather. Just as you wouldn’t leave your windows cracked during rainy or hot days, you should keep your shutters closed tight during inclement weather. To avoid any cracks or gaps, make sure the weatherstripping interlocks along the vertical edges of the shutter panels and be sure to run your hand along the louvers and apply even pressure. Taller louvers can sometimes leave gaps at the top if you simply push in the tilt rod at the bottom.
To learn more about the advantages of genuine Polywood shutters from Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions, visit us online or contact us at (702) 367-1600. We’ve been providing professional window treatments and superior results throughout the Las Vegas area for over 35 years.
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is a leading window treatment manufacturer and installation specialist in Las Vegas. Between our commitment to superior quality and our exclusive Polywood shutters, our level of service and craftsmanship is unparalleled. Learn more about our work below:
At Sunburst Shutters, we only use products of the highest quality to ensure a long-lasting and beautiful window treatment for your home. Unlike other contractors which may subcontract out work, we maintain total oversight from start to finish to ensure that your home or business receives superior, long-lasting results every time. And because we even manufacture our shutters here in the U.S., you don’t have to worry about materials or craftsmanship of sub par quality.
A History of Reliability
Sunburst Shutters has served hundreds of home and business owners throughout the Las Vegas area for over 35 years. Our commitment to providing total customer satisfaction and products of the highest quality has allowed us to grow into one of the leading window covering specialists in the area. Just see our long list of major clients or read our satisfied customer reviews online.
Our exclusive Polywood shutters are so efficient that they even qualify for a federal tax credit. Studies show that Polywood shutters improve the R-value, U-factor, and solar heat gain of any window. And because they last a lifetime and resist damage such as cracking, sagging, or fading, you won’t have to worry about replacement costs. In fact, major casinos such as The Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, The Wynn, and more have used our products as part of their ongoing energy efficiency initiatives along with other measures.
Find out why Sunburst Shutters is a leading window treatment specialist in Las Vegas and visit us online. Follow the link to see our past customer reviews and call (702) 367-1600 for more information.
Monte Bello shutters can provide your home with an entirely new look at an affordable cost. Depending on your needs and aesthetic preferences, there are a number of colors and frames available to suit your individual style.
Contrary to popular opinion, white decorations aren’t colorless; they’re actually considered a bright color. And like any other color, there are different gradients which can subtly influence how the rest of the room looks. Monte Bello shutters from Sunburst Shutters come available in three different color options: white, off-white, and bright white.
Mount your Monte Bello shutters on frames that are flush with the wall, or select a unique decorative casing. From measurements to material manufacturing and frame assembly, our specialists will make sure that each frame fits your home perfectly.
Sunburst Shutter & Window Treatments specializes in window covering products of the highest quality throughout the Las Vegas area. We’re so confident in our products that we’ll cover any defects in craftsmanship, installation, or material quality for 10 years. Contact us online to learn how you can save up to $400 on window treatments or call (702) 367-1600 to request a quote.