Heat-Stopping Shutters and Other Tips To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Tyson Williams Summer is creeping up fast. And though many people were wishing it was here way back in January, some may not be prepared for the summer heat. But don’t sweat it, we have a few tips to help you stay cool when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Interior Shutters Keep You Cool The path most of that sticky summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed for energy efficiency, like plantation shutters, you can have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look! The numbers don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are proven to block almost 50% of the thermal energy that comes in through your windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30 degree difference in temperature! Keep the shutters shut during the daytime to block the heat and sunlight, then let them open up at night to let the cooler night air flow through your house. Remember that heat-blocking ability isn’t just good during summer. If you’re having the same talk about how to beat the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters might be your best solution. Up Your Energy Efficiency Great window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of these smaller projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Check to see that your air conditioning ducts are sealed and insulated properly. Also, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in peak performing shape. Toss out your old inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If some of your appliances are pretty old, consider swapping them out with newer, more efficient versions. Some appliances such as the stove, furnace, and water heater make up a good amount of the heat inside your house. More Ways To Keep Cool During The Heat Even though these projects might not drastically improve energy efficiency in your home, they’re still effective ways to keep cool when the mercury starts climbing: Make sure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are spinning clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan’s body that reverses the direction of the blades. Consider using a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that are the busiest in your home. Less humidity in the air makes it easier for your AC unit to keep your home cool, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If you have many south-facing windows without shutters covering them, think about hanging an awning or canopy to block out the unyielding summer sun from pouring down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping customers cover their windows for years, so we’re familiar with what it takes to keep comfortable in the summer. To make it through the season without a sweat, call us at 760-405-8887 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great summer.