Heat-Blocking Shutters and Other Ways To Beat The Summer Heat06/05/2017Holly Perron Summer’s just around the bend. And though a lot of people were begging for summer to get here way back in February, some may not be prepared for the summer heat. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Hartford has your back with a few tips to get you ready to stay comfortable when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Interior Shutters Can Cool Your Home The path most of that sweltering summer heat takes to get into your home is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed for energy efficiency, such as 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 have been shown to block nearly half of the heat energy that comes in through your windows. In some homes, that can result in a 30 degree temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are shut during the day to keep out sunlight and heat, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cooler evening air to move through your home. Remember that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re having the same talk about how to beat the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters may be your best solution. Make Your House More Energy Efficient Great window insulators like shutters can improve your energy efficiency, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing some of the following smaller projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures inside: Make sure all your air conditioning ducts are sealed and insulated properly. Also, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top performing shape. Toss out your old wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If any of your appliances are pretty old, think about swapping them out with newer, more efficient ones. Certain appliances such as the stove, furnace, and water heater contribute to a large chunk of the heat in your space. More Ways To Stay Cool During The Hartford Heat Though these simpler projects may not drastically improve your house’s energy efficiency, they can still keep your house cool as the mercury goes up: Make sure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, find the small switch on the fan itself that alternates the direction of the blades. Think about using a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that are the most used in your home. Decreased humidity makes it easier for your AC to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If your home has many south-facing windows without shutters covering them, consider putting up an awning or canopy to block the ever-present summer sun from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Connecticuters cover their windows for years, so we’re familiar with how to stay cool in the summer. If you want to last through the season without a sweat, call us at 860-266-5459 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Hartford summer.