Heat-Blocking Shutters and More Tips To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Gary Harding Summer’s knocking on our door. And though lots of folks were wishing it was here way back in January, some might not be ready for the heat of summer. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs has your back with a few tips to get you ready to stay comfortable when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Interior Shutters Can Cool Your Home The path most of that sticky summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed to block temperature flow, such as plantation shutters, you can bring down the ambient temperature in your space this summer. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters are shown to block almost 50% of the thermal energy that can move through the windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30 degree temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are shut during the daytime to keep out sunlight and heat, then let them open up during the evening to let the cooler night air move through your home. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during the summer months. If you’re asking the same questions about how to survive the cold once winter is here, plantation shutters might be your perfect solution. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Great window insulators like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing some of the following smaller projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors: Check to see that your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. In addition, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top form. Toss out your old energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If any of your appliances are pretty old, consider swapping them out with newer, more efficient ones. Certain appliances such as your oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a large chunk of the heat inside your house. Other Ways To Remain Cool During The Colorado Springs Summer Heat Although these simpler projects might not drastically increase your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still good ways to keep cool as the mercury rises: Make sure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that reverses the direction. Consider using a dehumidifier, particularly in the room or two are the most used in your home. Lower air humidity makes it easier for your AC system to keep your home cool, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. For homes that have many south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters covering them, consider putting up an awning or canopy to block the relentless sun from beating down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping changeme treat their windows for years, so we’re familiar with what it takes to stay comfortable in the summer. If you want to last through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 303-625-6431 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Colorado Springs summer.