Heat-Blocking Shutters and Other Tips To Beat The Summer Heat06/05/2017Tyler Jorgensen Summer’s knocking on our door. And though many people were wishing it was here way back in February, some might not be prepared for the heat that summer brings. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Austin has your back with a few tips to get you ready to beat the heat when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Interior Shutters Can Cool Your Home The path most of that sweltering summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed to block temperature flow, such as plantation shutters, you can greatly reduce the ambient temperature in your space this summer. 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 cases, that can result in a 30° difference in temperature! Keep the shutters shut during the daytime to keep out sunlight and heat, then open them during the evening to let the cool night air move through your home. Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a benefit during the summer months. If you’re having the same talk about how to survive the cold once winter is here, plantation shutters might be your perfect solution. Make Your House More Energy Efficient Effective window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing some of these smaller projects, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Make sure all your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. In addition, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top performing shape. Switch away from inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If your appliances are several years old, think about replacing them with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances such as your oven, water heater, and furnace make up a good amount of the heat your home generates. More Ways To Keep Cool In The Austin Heat Though these smaller projects may not drastically improve energy efficiency in your home, they’re still effective ways to stay cool as the mercury starts climbing: Ensure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, find the small switch on the fan itself that alternates the direction. Think about using a dehumidifier, particularly in the room or two are the busiest in your home. Less humidity in the air means it’s easier for your AC system to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If your home has a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have shutters on them, consider hanging an awning or canopy to prevent the relentless sun’s rays from beating down on them. Let Us Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Austinites treat their windows for years, so we’re experts in how to stay comfortable at summertime. To overcome the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 512-549-6077 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Austin summer.