Heat-Blocking Shutters and Other Tips To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Bill Burke Summer’s knocking on our door. And while a lot of folks were longing for summer weather way back in February, some might not be prepared for the heat that summer brings. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis has a few tips to get you ready to stay cool when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Interior Shutters Block Summer Heat 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 are in: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block nearly half of the thermal energy that comes in through your windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30 degree 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 move through your home. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re having the same talk about how to beat the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Up Your Energy Efficiency Great window treatments like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of these smaller jobs, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures inside: Double check 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 top form. Switch away from energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If some of your appliances are pretty old, consider swapping them out with newer, more efficient versions. Some appliances such as your oven, water heater, and furnace make up a good amount of the heat inside your house. Other Ways To Remain Cool In The Indianapolis Summer Heat Even though these smaller projects might not dramatically increase your house’s energy efficiency, they’re still effective ways to keep cool when the mercury rises: Ensure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, find the small switch on the fan itself that alternates the blades’ direction. Think about using a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that you spend the most time in your home. Less humidity in the air makes it easier for your AC to cool your home, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. If you have many south-facing windows without shutters covering them, think about hanging an awning or canopy to prevent the unyielding sun’s rays from beating down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat We’ve helped Hoosiers treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about how to keep cool at summertime. If you want to make it through the season without a sweat, call us at 317-558-9066 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Indianapolis summer.