The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in New York City

Dennis Rooney

When it’s hot outside, keeping cool is critical. A way you can decrease your energy bills and stay cool is to find the right energy efficient window treatments for summer in New York City. 

While not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll show you exactly how window treatments will stop heat from sneaking in. Also, we’ll describe how to figure out the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep the hot temperature outside and the cool air inside.

Ways That Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

Plantation shutters in bright sunroom. 

photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny 
You understand the need for well-insulated attics, windows, and walls, but did you know that window treatments can act as a great option to keep your energy bills down? Look at a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can thwart the New York City summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window coverings 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. Cuts down on 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 real wood shutters and about 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. You want a window covering to 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’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

Polywood Shutters in New York City kitchen 

Now that you know a few ways that window treatments stop heat transfer, what specific features should you want in a covering?
 

Window treatments that can enclose the window or trap air

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


An additional window treatment option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped little pockets. 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

[White|Plantation]313] Shutters in Bedroom 

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

If you want curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored material that reflects sunlight back.

Need Help Choosing 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 options and help you choose the perfect window treatment for your windows.