3 Ways Window Treatments Save You Money On Energy Bills08/18/2015Lisa Renee Nieberding In Cincinnati, homeowners are always looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. Some realize that windows are the biggest source of heat waste. But only a few recognize that window treatments can make the difference between a house that’s easily cooled and heated and one that is an ordeal to manage. Here are three ways energy efficient window treatments help you save real dollars on your power bills. Minimize Airflow After the glass window, the material of an energy saving window treatment and its functionality are the main factors in how good it is at minimizing airflow. A blind or shade, with their delicate design, offer little to no defense against the effect of wind. Shutters on the other hand are made from wood and non-wood material that makes for the perfect second wall between you and the outdoor weather. Take Polywood®, for example. Its state-of-the-art insulation system blocks as much as 30 degrees of airflow from a window. That’s the most you’ll find anywhere in Cincinnati, if not the US. And with airflow reduced, your heating and cooling system has to work less to counter the influence of OH’s climate. Resist Moisture, Humidity, & Heat Absorption In a double-pane window, Polywood shutters have an R-Value of over 6. Compared to other shutters on the market, that’s the highest thermal resistance rating of insulation material. On top of that, Polywood is moisture-proof, resisting humidity and moisture that can impact room temperature. This means less energy is spent on offsetting the effects of heat and humidity. Reduce Heat Transfer Window treatments are a wonderful way to reduce heat transfer. And what the window treatment is made of greatly influences its ability to stop heat and cold from changing the temperature in the room. Your window is best covered with a shutter such as Polywood. With a 45.96% reduction in heat transfer, Polywood shutters ensure that the temperature in the room is pleasant and unadulterated by the climate outside. Reducing heat transfer means less power is needed to adjust the temperature of the room. Get Your Energy Savings Polywood shutters are up to 70% more energy efficient than wood shutters and up to 1600% more than aluminum blinds. This results in actual bucks saved on your energy bills. If you’re looking to make the most of your energy savings, couple Polywood shutters with Solar Gard window film. The window film adds an extra layer of protection, rejecting up to 87% of solar heat and blocking 99% of harmful UV rays. Ready to get your energy savings? During an in-home consultation, we’ll bring our window treatment samples and show you just how energy efficient Polywood shutters can be. Schedule your free in-home consultation today by calling 513-216-9740 or submitting the form below.