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The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in New York City

July 31, 2019

When it’s hot outside, keeping cool is critical. A way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in New York City. 

While not all window treatments are made the same, we’ll show you exactly how window treatments will stop heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep cool when summer becomes hot.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

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Polywood® plantation shutters can thwart the New York City summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window treatments that completely covers your window opening block air and could lessen the warm airflow from outside to inside. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when they’re fully closed. 

  2. Reduces heat transfer - When the sun comes through your window it warms up the pane and that heat might then flow to inside rooms. Energy efficient window treatments weaken this heat transfer. Polywood shutters lessen heat transfer by about 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of insulating materials. We use it for windows, insulation, and window treatments. If you want energy efficient window coverings, they should have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and used with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments

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Now that we covered a few ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you look for?
 

Window treatments that can enclose the window or trap air

The best way to block airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can do this with window treatments 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 thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to correctly close Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: As your plantation shutters are open, they are letting heat through and are reducing their energy efficiency).


Another window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. But, when you have the possibility of a gap between the window and the shades, you can find airflow creeping from under the shades.

Window treatments 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 treatments. Our Polywood shutters come in three variations of white and also have a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills.

If you want curtains or drapes, make sure that they have a light-colored material that reflects back UV rays.

Need Help Finding the Best Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond?

If you're seeking the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters New York has what you need. Contact us at 631-246-3930 or complete the form below to request a free in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment choices and help you choose the perfect window treatment for your windows.

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