Summer is on the way and temperatures are rising. Like many homeowners, you might be worried about how the hotter weather will affect your energy costs. Well, did you know that updating the window treatments in your home can help lower your cooling bills and keep you and your family more comfortable? Window treatments beautify your home and can also help keep the cool air in while blocking the warm air from outside your window. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, approximately 76 percent of the sunlight that hits double paned windows during the summer months is converted into heat inside your home. (The DOE also warns that your windows can allow about 30 percent of your heating to escape in the wintertime.) One way to keep the hot air out and the cool air in, is to choose the right window treatments. Here are a few of the best types of window treatments that will help keep your home cool and comfortable this summer –

Plantation Shutters

Plantation Shutters are one of the best ways to protect your home and family from the heat of summer. Plantation Shutters are available in real or faux wood, but for the best in energy efficiency, faux wood is the pinnacle. The solid polymer material used to make these shutters is maintenance free, insulates up to three times better than wood, and it stands up to extreme heat and humidity without warping, peeling, or cracking. Plus, there are endless shapes, sizes, and finishes that will accent any room in your home. Plantation Shutters will bring you years of beauty while helping to lower your cooling bills.

Honeycomb Shades

Honeycomb Shades are specially designed for energy efficiency and are perfect for large windows. These shades are constructed with insulating pockets that will trap air so that the heat from the outdoors is prevented from coming into your home. You’ll probably notice that you don’t have to turn the thermostat down quite so low and that your rooms will still be comfortable once you’ve installed Honeycomb Shades. Plus, Honeycomb Shades can be found in single-, double-, or even triple-cell construction. More cells equal higher the energy efficiency. One of the best products is the Duette honeycomb shade by Hunter Douglas. With five insulating pockets and six layers of fabric along with the LightLock system, these shades will deflect or absorb almost all sunlight coming through your windows! Honeycomb Shades are also ideal for dressing up the decor in just about any room since they are available in a huge selection of colors and patterns. Additionally, you can have these shades installed with smart home technology so that they can be closed automatically at the hottest part of the day so that you can make sure that you never miss a chance to keep your home cool.

Horizontal Blinds

When you need to watch your budget, but you still want to keep the summer heat out of your home, Horizontal Blinds are exactly what you need. Horizontal Blinds can be found in a wide variety of materials from aluminum to wood. One of the most popular styles is constructed from faux wood so that you get the rich, traditional look of wood along with the durability of polymer. Polymer is easy on your wallet while giving you some of the best energy efficiency and incredible durability. Faux wood blinds made of polymer withstand decades of high humidity, intense sunlight, and heat without warping, cracking, or yellowing. You can choose from endless paint colors and/or finishes that look like real wood so that these blinds will complement any style of decor or room in your home. Horizontal Blinds can also be installed with smart home technology, so that you can more easily keep those cooling bills down.