Each window in your home has a directional facing, and you will want to use a covering that can tackle both sun glare and heat loss. Some time during the day, your windows may collect the sun’s UV rays which can heat up the room. Alternately, a window may allow in intense sun glare.
As each window facing handles sun glare and heat loss in a different manner, is there one window treatment in Cincinnati that works for every window?
Polywood® Shutters Are Your Best Option For Windows Facing East Or West
When your windows face east or west, you will experience sun glare at dawn and dusk. Luckily, by using Polywood plantation shutters
, you can effectively angle the direct light so the sun glare won’t hit you straight in the eye. When the harsh rays from the sunrise are alleviated, your mornings will be a better experience. That’s why many people see plantation shutters as a favorite treatment for bedrooms with east-facing windows.
Your Polywood plantation shutters will also closes off sunsets on windows facing west. Because the afternoon can be warmer than the morning, you may also have the additional issue of the late day sun heating up your space. You may only get a few hours of direct sunlight, but the temperature fluctuation may be enough to make your rooms seem hot and stuffy unless you use a window covering that also is energy efficient.
Polywood® Shutters Are Your Best Option For Windows Facing North Or South:
In Cincinnati, windows that face north get less direct sunlight than any other direction. Therefore, you shouldn’t have any problems with sun glare or with the space becoming too hot. Instead, the big headache is heat loss. Southern windows have the flip-side, and direct sunlight can flow in from sunup to sundown. Direct sunlight can greatly warm up your home and could make your windows too hot to touch.
For temperature issues, the best window treatment is something that provides energy efficiency. Polywood plantation shutters stop air flow by using solid faux wood louvers and weather stripping, which makes them one of the most energy-efficient window treatments available. In fact, our Polywood shutters use an energy efficient insulation system which makes them 70% more efficient than hardwood shutters and 1600% more efficient than aluminum blinds.
Do Other Window Coverings Perform As Well As Polywood Shutters?
If you have a room with windows that only face one direction, you have options. A sheer cellular or roman shade might be what you need for windows that face east or west. Their translucent nature will stop the glare but allows a soft light that perks up the room.
But with north- or south-facing windows, you should prioritize energy efficiency instead of glare. If you don’t feel that the room gets stuffy from your windows, you might try a wood plantation shutter, like our Ovation® shutters, or even something like our reclaimed wood shutters.
Rooms with a corner wall or two may need a more versatile window treatment that can direct light and deals with heat. Of course, our Polywood plantation shutters fit the bill because the faux wood louvers are able to deflect light and keep cool air in. During times when glare is at its peak, you can direct sunlight so natural light still is present, but the blinding rays can’t fully heat up the room. And while plantation shutters address your window facing headaches, they also fit in beautifully with several decor styles.
Sunburst Can Solve Your Window Facing Problems With Polywood Shutters
If you want the versatility of plantation shutters or the simplicity of cellular shades, Sunburst can help. During a free in-home consultation, we will show you which window treatments work best with your Cincinnati windows -- no matter what direction they face. Contact us at 513-216-9740 or complete the form below to book your in-home consultation.