Heat-Reducing Shutters and Other Ways To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Tyler Jorgensen Summer is just around the bend. And while a lot of people were wishing it was here way back in December, some might not be prepared for the heat of summer. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters San Antonio has a few tips to get you ready to survive the summer when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Indoor Shutters Can Cool Your Home The way most of that miserable summer heat comes inside your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block heat, such as plantation shutters, you can make a huge dent in how hot your home gets. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters have been proven to block nearly half of the heat energy that comes in through your windows. In some cases, that can mean up to a 30° difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are shut during the day to block the heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cool evening air to flow through your home. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a boon during the summer months. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to beat the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Great window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing some of these smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Double check that your air conditioning ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. In addition, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in great form. Toss out your old wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If any of your appliances are several years old, consider replacing them with newer, more efficient versions. Certain appliances such as the oven, furnace, and water heater contribute to a large chunk of the heat in your space. More Ways To Keep Cool During The San Antonio Heat Even though these projects might not dramatically increase energy efficiency in your home, they’re still helpful ways to stay cool when the mercury starts climbing: Ensure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan’s body that reverses the direction of the blades. Consider running a dehumidifier, particularly in rooms that are used the most during the day. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If you have many south-facing windows without shutters on them, consider hanging an awning or canopy to block the unyielding sun from pouring down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Texans treat their windows for years, so we’re experts in what it takes to keep comfortable during the summer. If you want to last through the season without a sweat, call us at 210-876-0377 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the San Antonio summer.