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Heat-Stopping Shutters and More Ways To Beat The Summer Heat

June 05, 2017
Summer’s just around the corner. And though lots of 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.

Interior Shutters Keep You Cool

The path most of that sticky 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 don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block up to 45% of the thermal energy that comes in through your 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 sunlight and heat, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cooler evening air to move through your house.

Chic parlor with interior shutters

Bear 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 might 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 a lot more you can do. 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 properly sealed and insulated. In addition, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in great performing shape.

  • Don’t use inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without giving up brightness.

  • If any of your appliances are pretty old, think about replacing them with newer, more efficient updates. Some appliances such as your oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a good chunk of the heat in your space.

More Ways To Keep Cool During The Denver Summer Heat

Although these smaller projects might not drastically improve your house’s energy efficiency, they’re still effective ways to keep cool as the mercury rises:

  • Make sure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that changes the direction of the blades.

Denver living room with fan and shutters

  • Think about using a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two 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.

  • For homes that have many south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters covering them, consider hanging a canopy or awning to prevent the ever-present sun from pouring down on them.

Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat

We’ve helped Coloradans treat their windows for years, so we’re familiar with what it takes to stay comfortable during the summer. 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.