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Heat-Blocking Shutters and More Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

June 05, 2017
Summer’s knocking on our door. And though many folks were wishing it was here way back in February, some may not be ready for the heat that summer brings.

But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Destin has a few tips to get you ready to stay comfortable when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better.

Plantation Shutters Block Summer Heat

The path most of that sweltering summer heat takes to get into your home is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed for energy efficiency, like 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 are shown to block nearly half of the heat energy that comes in through your windows. In some cases, that can mean up to a 30 degree temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are closed during the daytime to block the sunlight and heat, then open them during the evening to let the cool evening air flow through your home.

Chic lounge with white shutters

Remember that energy efficiency isn’t just a boon during the summer months. If you’re asking the same questions about how to beat the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters could be your best match.

Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Effective window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of the following smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors:

  • Make sure all your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in top form.

  • Switch away from inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without reducing brightness.

  • If your appliances are pretty old, think about swapping them out with newer, more efficient updates. Some appliances like the oven, water heater, and furnace make up a large chunk of the heat in your space.

More Ways To Keep Cool During The Destin Summer

Although these simpler projects might not drastically increase energy efficiency in your home, they’re still good ways to keep cool as the mercury starts climbing:

  • Ensure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that alternates the blades’ direction.

Destin living room with fan and shutters

  • Look into running a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that are the busiest during the day. Lower air humidity makes it easier for your AC unit to keep your home cool, 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 putting up an awning or canopy to prevent the ever-present summer sun from pouring down on them.

Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat

We’ve been helping Floridians cover their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to keep comfortable at summertime. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, call us at 850-203-0419 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Destin summer.