Heat-Stopping Shutters and More Ways To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Eric Ramsey 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 have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters are shown to block nearly half of the heat energy that normally passes through 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. Remember that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during the summer months. If you’re asking the same questions about how to beat the cold once winter gets close, plantation shutters might be your best solution. 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 any or all of the following smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Check to see that your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top form. Toss out your old wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat emitted 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 smaller projects might not drastically increase energy efficiency in your home, they still let you keep your home cool as the mercury rises: Make sure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that alternates the blades’ direction. Look into running a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that are the busiest during the day. Less humidity in the air 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 installing an awning or canopy to prevent the ever-present sun from pouring down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat We’ve helped Floridians cover their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to keep comfortable during the summer. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, give us a call 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.