3 Ways to Keep Summer Heat at Bay

The summer sunshine and extra daylight hours are great, but summer air conditioning and cooling bills can be painful. Cut costs permanently with a few simple and effective window treatment options that can help you keep cool all season.

1. Solar Screens

Did you know that sunlight on windows accounts for up to 50% heat gained for a home? Even with new, energy efficient windows, heat transfer through glass can dramatically increase your home cooling costs. Custom solar window screens have many benefits that make them one of our most popular window coverings—especially in the hot summer months!

First and foremost, you can save on energy costs for your home by installing solar screens. With new Optex Screens from Texton, you can block up to 90% of the sun’s heat and glare. These fixed solar screens not only protect you from the heat, they also give the windows on your home a finished and appealing look from the outside and enhance your home’s curb appeal with the appearance of plantations shutters.

Solar shades act as a filter for sunlight, blocking out the heat but still allowing great visibility to the outside world. You don’t have to sacrifice the benefit of an open view to save on cooling costs. We offer a variety of roller shades and fixed solar screens and can help you decide which options are best suited for your needs.

2. Energy Efficient Window Films

Another option to reduce your summer cooling costs and keep the heat at bay is to install energy-efficient film on your windows. The energy-efficient film is perfect for those who are seeking the results of energy-efficient windows but aren’t interested in replacing all the windows in their home.

The newest energy-efficient film on the market is called thermal mirroring, and it works by blocking the transfer of heat through your windows. Light is allowed through the film, but solar and radiant heat is blocked. In the summertime, the film both prevents the sun’s rays from heating your home and helps keep your air-conditioned cool air inside.

Plus, in the winter, it helps to trap the heat inside, making it a year-round temperature improvement. Energy efficient window films can pay for themselves in less than a year!

3. Blackout Window Treatments

If you are looking to keep your energy use bills in check, the use of blackout window treatments will keep your house cool by keeping the heat out during summer months and reduce heat loss in the winter months. Energy consumption can be reduced by as much as 25% using blackout curtains!

Blackout window treatments are designed to block all light from entering a room by using tight fitting mounts that block the most light, and can be layered with roll shades, cell shades, or blinds to create a true blackout effect.

In addition to reducing heat and cooling costs in the summer, blackout window treatments can also help you achieve a good night’s sleep, as multiple studies have shown that exposure to light while sleeping interrupts sleep quality.

You don’t need to sacrifice your home’s aesthetic to take advantage of the benefits blackout window treatments have to offer. We have a wide range of blackout shades and blackout curtains, drapes, and liners.

Ready to reduce your home cooling costs this summer?


For questions and to schedule a FREE consultation, call us at 858-452-6100 or set up an appointment to speak with one of our experienced window treatment designers.

Comments (1)

My house location is where the sun directly hit, that’s why It’s quite hot specifically in the morning. Surprisingly, there solar screens available which block up to 90% of the sun’s heat as mentioned here. This seems great, I wonder where I could find a solar screen manufacturer around here in San Antonio Texas

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