Heat-Blocking Shutters and More Ways To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Gary Harding Summer’s just around the corner. And though many people were begging for summer to get here way back in February, some might not be prepared for the heat of summer. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Denver has your back with a few pointers to help you survive the summer when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Indoor Shutters Keep You Cool The path most of that sweltering summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block temperature flow, such as plantation shutters, you can have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block up to 45% of the thermal energy that normally passes through windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30° difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are shut during the day to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cooler evening air to move through your house. 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 is here, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Up Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Effective window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s more room for improvement. 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 sealed and insulated properly. In addition, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in great performing shape. Don’t use wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If some of your appliances are pretty old, think about replacing them with newer, more efficient ones. Some appliances such as your oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a good chunk of the heat in your space. More Ways To Stay Cool During The Denver Summer Heat Though these simpler projects might not drastically improve your house’s energy efficiency, they’re still helpful ways to keep cool as the mercury starts climbing: Make sure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan itself that changes the direction of the blades. Consider using a dehumidifier, especially in areas that are used the most during the day. Lower air humidity makes it easier for your AC unit to cool your home, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. If you have many south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters covering them, consider hanging a canopy or awning to prevent the unyielding summer sun from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping Coloradans treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to stay comfortable at summertime. To make it through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 720-538-0182 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Denver summer.