The Best Window Treatments For Summer Heat in Chicago

Richard Rampton

When it’s hot and sticky outside, feeling cool is important. A way you can decrease your energy bills and keep cool is to use energy efficient window treatments for summer in Chicago. 

Since not all window treatments have the same benefits, we’ll let you know exactly how window treatments prevent heat from seeping in. Also, we’ll describe how to find the most energy-efficient window coverings so you can keep cool when summer becomes hot.

Here’s How Energy Efficient Window Treatments Stop Heat 

Interior shutters in bright room. 

photo courtesy Jenny at Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny 
You understand the benefits of well-insulated attics and walls, but did you know that window coverings can be an effective way to prevent skyrocketing energy bills? Here are just a few ways that energy-efficient window treatments like our Polywood® plantation shutters can block the Chicago summer heat and keep your air conditioning in. 
  1. Seals off airflow - Window coverings that fit tight in your window opening trap air and may lessen the warm airflow from your window to your home. Our Polywood shutters block as much as 30 degrees of heat flowing through your windows when they’re shut completely. 

  2. Cuts down on heat transfer - As the sun comes through your window it heats up the glass and that heat might then flow to your room. Energy efficient window treatments hinder this heat transfer. Polywood shutters reduce heat transfer by roughly 46% and will be 70% more energy efficient than hardwood shutters and are 1600% more energy efficient than aluminum blinds.

  3. Maximizes R-value - R-value quantifies the energy efficiency of a given material. It’s needed for windows, insulation, and window treatments. If you want energy efficient window treatments, they should have earned a high R-value. When Polywood shutters are shut and paired with a double-pane window, their R-value equals 6, one of the highest values for window treatments.

What you should look for in energy-efficient window treatments

Polywood Shutters in Chicago kitchen 

Now that you understand the ways that window treatments promote energy efficiency, what exactly should you look for?
 

Window treatments that will completely cover the window or trap air

The most efficient way to halt airflow is by sealing off the window from your AC. You can do this with window treatments like Polywood shutters that completely covers the window when the louvers are shut. And unlike other plantation shutters, Polywood shutters even employs weather stripping which completely stops air transfer. The video below demonstrates how you should close Polywood shutters to fully experience the power of energy efficiency. (Hint: If your Polywood shutters are open, they will allow heat through and are lessening their energy efficiency).


Another window covering option is cellular shades.  They trap air in honeycomb-shaped cells. However, if you have a gap between the window and the shades, you can discover that there’s airflow creeping from under the shades.

Window coverings that are a light color and have 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 good choice for energy efficient window coverings. That’s why our Polywood shutters come in three shades of white and use a UV-reflecting coating to help your energy bills.

If you’re buying curtains or drapes, look for a light-colored material that reflects the light.

Need Help Choosing the Perfect Window Treatments for Summer and Beyond?

If you're looking for the perfect window treatments for summer, Sunburst Shutters Chicago has what you need. Contact us at 847-250-6544 or complete the form below to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation. During your consultation, we’ll explain all of your energy efficient window treatment products and help you find the best window treatment that fits your energy efficient needs.