Top Window Treatment Design Tips

Our experts are passionate about bringing you the best window treatment design tips. We put together their recommendations in a list you can easily reference when considering new window treatments for your home. Read about the top shutter design tips here.

Tip #6: Consider Energy Efficiency – Don't let Money go out the Window

Windows can be one of the home’s most attractive features – but they are the main source of temperature loss. According to the US Department of Energy, windows can account for 10 to 25 percent of your heating bill. Fortunately, improving insulation doesn’t have to mean replacing all your windows.

Don't worry about how to save money on energy bills with window treatments. We collected these tips for energy saving window treatments for you. Understanding the following three terms will help you make smart choices when searching for ways to make your windows more energy efficient. 

  • U-factor: The U-factor measures thermal transmission, which shows you how well the window keeps the air conditioned temperature inside your home from escaping outside. A low U-factor means the window will insulate your house better.
     
  • Solar heat gain: This measures how well the window blocks heat from the sun from getting indoors.
     
  • R-value: Insulating products are rated in terms of thermal resistance – how well the product resists heat loss. The higher the R-value, the more effective the insulation.

The best option for improving window insulation is the Polywood Shutter Insulating System.  Polywood was created by Sunburst Shutters to reduce temperature flow through windows. It has been proven to reduce heat transfer and significantly improve the U-factor, solar heat gain and R-value of any window. Adding Polywood to a standard double paned window provides a U-factor of 0.10 and a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.17 - which are better ratings than most replacement windows by themselves.

Polywood’s inner core is made from materials that act as an insulator, and the panels have built-in weather stripping and a unique paint finish which reflects temperature. All of which helps block out extreme temperatures and the sun’s damaging rays. Thermal imaging tests show that Polywood offers up to 30 degrees of protection against outdoor heat and cold extremes.

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