Heat-Stopping Shutters and More Tips To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Matt Thelander Summer’s knocking on our door. And though lots of people were longing for summer weather way back in December, some might not be ready for the warmer weather. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City has your back with a few pointers to help you survive the summer when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Plantation 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 for energy efficiency, such as plantation shutters, you can greatly reduce the ambient temperature in your home this summer. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters have been proven to block almost 50% of the thermal energy that normally passes through windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30 degree temperature difference! Keep the shutters closed during the daytime to keep out sunlight and heat, then open them during the evening to allow the cool night air to move through your house. Remember that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to survive the cold once winter is here, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Great window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of these smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures inside: Check to see that your air conditioning ducts are properly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in great form. Toss out your old wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you can reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If some of your appliances are pretty old, consider switching them with newer, more efficient versions. Some appliances such as the stove, water heater, and furnace make up a large amount of the heat your home generates. Other Ways To Remain Cool In The Salt Lake City Summer Heat Though these smaller projects might not dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still effective ways to stay cool when the mercury starts climbing: Make sure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are spinning clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that alternates the blades’ direction. Consider using a dehumidifier, especially in rooms that you spend the most time during the day. Lower air humidity makes it easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. For homes that have many south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters on them, consider hanging an awning or canopy to block out the relentless sun’s rays from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping Utahians treat their windows for years, so we’re familiar with how to stay cool in the summer. If you’d like to overcome the season without a sweat, call us at 801-515-3598 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Salt Lake City summer.