The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Cincinnati

Lisa Renee Nieberding

When it’s hot outside, staying cool is important. A great way way you can lower your energy bills and keep cool is to pick the perfect energy efficient window treatments for summer in Cincinnati. 

As not all window treatments are created equal, we’ll let you know exactly how window treatments prevent heat from coming in. Also, we’ll describe how to get the most energy-efficient window treatments so you can keep the heat outside and the cool air inside.

How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Block Summer Heat 

Plantation shutters in bright room. 

photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny 
Most people know the need for well-insulated attics, windows, and walls, but did you know that window treatments can act as a great option to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Let’s list a few ways that energy-efficient window coverings like our Polywood® shutters can stop the Cincinnati summer heat and keep your home comfortable. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that completely covers your window opening block air and can lessen the warm airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood plantation shutters stop as much as 30 degrees of heat coming from your window when the louvers are down. 

  2. Cuts down on heat transfer - When the sun shines through your window it warms up the pane and that heat will then transfer to the inside space. Energy efficient treatments reduce this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by almost 46% and have shown to be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and about 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Uses a high R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. If you need energy efficient window coverings, they should have a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are closed and coupled with a double-pane window, their R-value is 6, a high value for window treatments.

What you’ll find in energy-efficient window treatments

Polywood Shutters in Cincinnati kitchen 

Now that we covered the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what functions should you want in a covering?
 

Window treatments that will completely cover 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 closed. What sets us apart from other plantation shutters is that Polywood shutters even uses weather stripping that thoroughly stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how to best use Polywood shutters to optimize their energy efficiency. (Hint: If your Polywood shutters are open, they let heat through and are diminishing their energy efficiency).


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

Window coverings that are a light color and use UV-reflecting material

[White|Plantation]313] Shutters in Bedroom 

photo courtesy of Audrey Crisp at Audrey Crisp Interiors 
Light colors reflect the sun and can be a good choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and utilize a UV-reflecting layer to help your AC bills stay low.

If you want curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored backing that reflects back UV rays.

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

If you're looking for the best window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati can help. Contact us at 513-216-9740 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 choose the perfect window treatment for your windows.