Heat-Stopping Shutters and More Tips To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Cory Cryer Summer is knocking on our door. And though a lot of people were begging for summer to get here way back in February, some might not be ready for the heat that summer brings. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Houston has your back with a few tips to get you ready to beat the heat when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Indoor Shutters Keep You Cool The path most of that sweaty summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed for energy efficiency, such as plantation shutters, you can make a huge dent in how hot your home gets. Just take a look! The numbers don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are proven to block nearly half of the thermal 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 let them open up at night to allow the cool night air to move through your house. Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a boon during the summer months. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to survive the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters may be your perfect solution. Improve Your Energy Efficiency Great window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing some of the following smaller jobs, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures inside: Check to see that your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in great performing shape. Don’t use energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you can reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If any of your appliances are pretty old, think about swapping them out with newer, more efficient versions. Certain appliances like the stove, furnace, and water heater make up a large chunk of the heat your home generates. More Ways To Remain Cool In The Houston Summer Although these projects might not drastically increase your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still effective ways to keep cool when the mercury goes up: Check that your ceiling fans are going 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 changes the direction of the blades. Look into running a dehumidifier, particularly in rooms that are used the most in your home. Less humidity in the air means it’s easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If you have many south-facing windows without shutters on them, think about installing a canopy or awning to block the ever-present summer sun from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat We’ve helped Houstonians cover their windows for years, so we’re familiar with how to keep cool during the summer. If you want to overcome the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 713-853-9629 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Houston summer.