Heat-Blocking Shutters and More Tips To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Kasey Udy Summer’s creeping up fast in St. George. And though lots of folks were wishing it was here way back in February, some might not be ready for the warmer weather. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters St. George has your back with a few pointers to get you ready to beat the heat when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Interior Shutters Block Summer Heat The path most of that sweaty summer heat takes to get into your home is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed to block temperature flow, such as plantation shutters, you can greatly reduce the ambient temperature in your space this summer. Just take a look! The science doesn’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are 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° temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are shut during the day to keep out sunlight and heat, then open them at night to allow the cool evening air to flow through your house. Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a boon during summer. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to survive the cold once winter gets close, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Make Your House More Energy Efficient 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 these smaller tasks, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures inside: Make sure all your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. In addition, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top performing shape. Toss out your old inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If some of your appliances are several years old, think about swapping them out with newer, more efficient updates. Some appliances such as the stove, water heater, and furnace contribute to a large amount of the heat inside your house. More Ways To Remain Cool During The St. George Summer Even though these projects may not dramatically improve energy efficiency in your home, they’re still helpful ways to stay cool when the mercury goes up: Check that your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan itself that reverses the direction of the blades. Look into 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 to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. For homes that have many south-facing windows without shutters on them, consider installing an awning or canopy to prevent the unyielding summer 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 know a little bit about how to keep cool in the summer. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 435-485-9332 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the St. George summer.