The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Las Vegas07/31/2019Darik Neilson When it’s hot outside, keeping cool is essential. A way you can reduce your energy bills and stay cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Las Vegas. While not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll let you know in detail how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep hot air where it should stay - outside. How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Heat photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Most people know the importance of well-insulated attics and windows, but did you know that window coverings can be an easy step to reduce your energy bills? Look at a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® shutters can thwart the Las Vegas summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. Stops airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening trap air and may decrease the hot airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re shut completely. Reduces heat transfer - When the sun flows through your window it heats up the pane and that heat will then transfer to your room. Energy efficient treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters can slash heat transfer by roughly 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than real wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds. Maximizes R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. It’s used for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should seek out high R-value window treatments. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled 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 a few ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you want to see in a treatment? Window treatments that can enclose the window or trap air The greatest way to stop airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can accomplish this with window coverings like Polywood shutters which completely covers the window when shut. What’s exciting about our shutters is that Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping that completely stops air transfer. The video below shows how to best use Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: As your plantation shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency). An alternative window covering option is cellular shades. They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. But, if there’s a gap between the window and the shades, you can still have airflow coming in from under the shades. Window coverings that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors Light colors reflect the sun and are a smart choice for energy efficient window coverings. It’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three shades of white and utilize a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low. If you’re buying curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored backing that reflects back UV rays. Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round? If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas has what you need. Don’t hesitate to call at 702-850-6619 or complete the form below to schedule a free 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 find the best window treatment for your windows.