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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Las Vegas

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, staying 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 seeping in. Also, we’ll let you in on how to get the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep cool when the days are hot.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® shutters can thwart the Las Vegas summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Obstructs airflow - Window treatments that fit tight in your window opening seal off air and may reduce 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. 

  2. Cuts down on heat transfer - When the sun shines through your window it heats up the pane and that heat can be transferred 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 wood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value rates the energy efficiency of a material. We use it for windows, insulation, and window treatments. You should look for high R-value window treatments. When Polywood shutters are completely closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, one of the highest values for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that you understand a few ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what functions should you want to see in a treatment?
 

Window treatments that will 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 encases 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 demonstrates 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 little pockets. 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 coverings that are a light color and employ UV-reflecting material

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Light colors reflect heat and make a smart choice for energy efficient window coverings. It’s why our Polywood shutters are available in three hues 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 sunlight back.

Need Help Finding the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and All Year Round?

If you're searching 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 book 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 discover the best window treatment for your windows.

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