What Are the Best Window Coverings To Keep Your Home Cool in the Summer?

Temperatures are rising and suddenly a short walk to your car has you forming beads of sweat; it must be summer! Your home should provide a welcome retreat from the sky-high heat—a cool oasis where you can finally be comfortable and at ease. If your home is not currently providing this kind of escape from the heat however, you should consider getting new window treatments. Yes, window treatments!

Installing new coverings is an easy, stylish, and cost-effective way to either decrease or completely block the sun’s rays from heating up your home. This will not only make you more comfortable, but it also just makes big dollar sense. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an average household spends over 40% of its total annual energy budget on heating and cooling costs, so getting window coverings that keep you cool and prevent you from leaning too heavily on your HVAC system can pay off in the future. Consider the following window treatment options:

Window Shades

Window shades are an ideal solution for controlling the sunlight and keeping the heat out while still allowing you to view outside. There are a vast array of window shade options to choose from, including a sheer material for light filtering, woven wood shades for light blocking, and honeycomb or cellular shades, which are actually engineered to create air insulation between the shade and the window for extra energy efficiency.

Plantation Shutters

Not only do plantation shutters help with blocking the sunlight and heat from your home, but they also offer complete privacy and noise reduction. They can be made from a number of hard materials, including wood, faux wood, and vinyl (just to name a few), and because they’re considered a permanent improvement to your home, they can increase your home’s value.

Window Blinds

The slats on window blinds block sunlight and prevent heat gain, and you can also diffuse light to prevent glare by tilting the slats. Blinds are available in ample materials, like wood and engineered wood, and can be customized using an array of colors, sizes, styles, and other design options.

Turn to Bay Home & Window

If you want the highest caliber window coverings for your home in the Greater San Francisco Bay area, turn to the lauded professionals at Bay Home & Window. Since our founding in 1994, we have been the preeminent local window treatment company, thanks to the industry-leading products, expert installations, and five-star customer service we provide. When you turn to us for heat-blocking solutions, we will provide you with a free at-home or virtual consultation, where we will show you samples of our offerings and help recommend the window treatments that best suit your goals, home, and budget. No matter which option you choose, you simply can’t go wrong, because all of our products are custom-crafted using top-quality materials and designed to provide many years of optimal beauty and performance.

To learn more about our heat-blocking window coverings, contact Bay Home & Window today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Bay Home & Window partners with Costco. Not only did the Costco collaboration help to give us confidence in the quality of Bay Home & Window, but we also got a great deal on our purchase of window coverings for our whole house! We're very happy with the quality of the product and the high-quality installation work. The window coverings look great.

Andreas W.

Tampa, FL

We had cellular shades installed and it was just want we needed! Finally, we can block out the sun that is just merciless this time of year. I can tell the quality is superb, and install was painless. We had originally ordered light filtering shades and then discovered that it still made the rooms too bright. Bay Home made it easy and affordable to reorder the replacements. They really want us to enjoy our home. Thank you Bay Home & Windows!

Melinda M. 

Tampa, FL

Years ago we bought custom wood shutters throughout our home from Bay Home & Window. We had a great experience and our shutters still look great. Recently we remodeled our closet and had them back to create a custom closet. I had no idea how much we could love a closet. Everyone at Bay Home and Window was easy to work with they helped us figure out the design and utilized every inch of our odd sized space. From appointment scheduling to installation everyone was very professional and exceeded our expectations.

Jill W.

Tampa, FL