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What’s the Best Window Covering to Keep Heat Out?

Plantation Shutters Keep Heat Out

Especially in warm southern climates, window treatments play an important role in maintaining comfortable temperatures inside your house. The right window coverings can even provide you with insulation, keeping you cool and comfortable indoors without forcing you to overwork your AC system. However, like so many other homeowners, you may find yourself wondering: What are “the right” window treatments? With so many options available, what are the best window coverings to keep heat out?

While most window treatments will provide some sort of insulation by virtue of the fact that they filter light, two options stand apart from the rest as providing superior protection from the heat:

Cellular Shades

Also known as honeycomb shades, these window coverings can keep the heat out thanks to their unique design. When closed, the horizontal fabric cells that make up these window treatments expand, forming a thick barrier that traps hot air coming from your windows before it can enter your room. This allows these window coverings to:

    • Prevent any drafts from slipping into your home through gaps in your window frames
    • Create a barrier between warm glass windows and your room, preventing thermal transfer
    • Block large amounts of light from entering your house and warming things up

When cellular shades possess blackout fabric sewn to the window-facing side of the shade, the insulating properties only increase.

Plantation Shutters

Much like cellular shades, plantation shutters form a thick barrier between your windows and your home’s interior when closed. This allows these window coverings to lower thermal transfer and keep the heat out of your living space. Wood composite shutter manufacturers enhance these insulating properties by engineering the medium density fiberboard (MDF) used in construction to resist heat and applying finishes that won’t fade when exposed to UV light.

Of course, if you would like window coverings that can keep the heat out of your central Florida home, there’s no better company to turn to than US Verticals. Contact us today to learn more about our insulating window treatments.

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