Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Ways To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Lisa Renee Nieberding Summer is knocking on our door. And while a lot of people were wishing it was here way back in January, some may not be prepared for the heat of summer. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati has your back with a few tips to get you ready to survive the summer when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Interior Shutters Block Summer Heat The way most of that sweaty summer heat comes inside your home is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed for energy efficiency, such as plantation shutters, you can greatly reduce the ambient temperature in your house this summer. Just take a look! The science doesn’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block nearly half of the heat energy that comes in through your windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30 degree temperature difference! Keep the shutters shut during the day to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up at night to let the cool night air move through your home. Keep in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a boon during summer. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to beat the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Improve Your 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 jobs, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Make sure all your AC ducts are sealed and insulated properly. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in peak performing shape. Don’t use inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With CFLs or LED bulbs, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If any of your appliances are a little older, consider swapping them out with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances like the oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a good amount of the heat inside your house. More Ways To Stay Cool During The Cincinnati Summer Heat Even though these smaller projects may not dramatically improve energy efficiency in your home, they can still keep your home cool as the mercury starts climbing: Ensure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, find the small switch on the fan’s body that alternates the direction. Consider running a dehumidifier, particularly in rooms that are used the most during the day. Lower air humidity means it’s easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. If your home has many south-facing windows without any shutters covering them, think about installing an awning or canopy to block out the unyielding sun’s rays from beating down on them. Let Us Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping changeme treat their windows for years, so we’re experts in how to stay comfortable at summertime. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 513-216-9740 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Cincinnati summer.