Energy efficient shutters in airy room

Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Ways To Cool Down Your Home

June 05, 2017
Summer is just around the bend. 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 Keep You Cool

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 make a huge dent in how hot your home gets. Just take a look!

 
The science doesn’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block almost 50% 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.

Chic sunroom with classic shutters

Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a boon during summer. If you’re asking the same questions 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 make your home more energy efficient, 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:

  • Check to see that your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. 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 giving up brightness.

  • If some of your appliances are several years old, consider switching them 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 Keep Cool During The Cincinnati Summer

Even though these smaller projects may not dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency, they can still keep your home cool as the mercury starts climbing:

  • Ensure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, find the small switch on the fan’s body that alternates the blades’ direction.

Cincinnati living room with fan and shutters

  • 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 is cooler on the skin.

  • If your home has many south-facing windows without any shutters covering them, think about putting up an awning or canopy to block out the ever-present sun’s rays from beating down on them.

Let Us Help You Beat The Heat

We’ve helped 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 enjoy the Cincinnati summer.

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