Heat-Stopping Shutters and More Tips To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Kimball Jones Summer’s knocking on our door. And though lots of folks were longing for summer weather way back in February, some might not be ready for the heat of summer. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Southern CA has your back with a few pointers to help you stay cool when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Indoor 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 heat, 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 have been shown to block up to 45% of the heat energy that can move through the windows. In some cases, that can mean up to a 30 degree difference in temperature! Keep the shutters closed during the day to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to let the cooler evening air flow through your house. Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just good during the summer months. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to beat the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters may be your best match. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Effective window treatments like shutters can improve your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing any or all of the following smaller tasks, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Check to see that your air conditioning ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in peak form. Toss out your old wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you can reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If your appliances are pretty old, consider swapping them out with newer, more efficient ones. Some appliances such as the oven, furnace, and water heater make up a large chunk of the heat in your space. Other Ways To Keep Cool In The Southern California Summer Though these simpler projects might not drastically improve energy efficiency in your home, they’re still good ways to keep cool when the mercury rises: Check that your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan’s body that reverses the blades’ direction. Look into running a dehumidifier, particularly in rooms that are used the most during the day. Lower air humidity makes it easier for your AC unit to cool your home, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. For homes that have many south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters covering them, consider putting up a canopy or awning to block the relentless sun from pouring down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Californians cover their windows for years, so we know a little bit about how to stay comfortable in the summer. If you want to make it through the season without a sweat, call us at 888-611-2474 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Southern California summer.