3 Ways Window Treatments Save You Money On Energy Bills08/18/2015Richard Rampton In Chicago, homeowners are always searching 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 a headache to manage. Here are three ways energy efficient window treatments help you save money 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 barricade to the influence 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 weather outside. Consider Polywood®, for example. Its advanced insulation system blocks as much as 30 degrees of airflow from a window. That’s the most you’ll find anywhere in Chicago, if not the US. And with airflow reduced, your heating and cooling system has to work less to counter the impact of IL’s climate. Resist Moisture, Humidity, & Heat Absorption In a double-pane window, Polywood shutters have an R-Value of over 6. When you compare that to other shutters in the state, that’s the best thermal resistance rating of insulation material. In addition, Polywood is moisture-proof, resisting humidity and moisture that can influence room temperature. This means less energy is spent on resisting the effects of heat and humidity. Reduce Heat Transfer Window treatments are a great way to eliminate heat transfer. And what the window treatment is made of greatly impacts its ability to stop heat and cold from fluctuating 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 make certain that the temperature in the room is pleasant and unaffected by the weather 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 translates into actual dollars saved on your energy bills. If you’re looking to take full advantage of your energy savings, combine Polywood shutters with Solar Gard window film. The window film adds another 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 truly are. Schedule your free in-home consultation today by calling 847-250-6544 or submitting the form below.