Heat-Blocking Shutters and More Tips To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Kevin McCormack Summer’s knocking on our door. And while many people were wishing it was here way back in February, some might not be ready for the heat that summer brings. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville has your back with a few tips to help you survive the summer when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Interior Shutters Block Summer Heat The way most of that sweltering summer heat comes inside your house is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed to block heat, such as plantation shutters, you can make a huge dent in how hot your home gets. Just take a look! The science doesn’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are shown to block almost 50% of the heat energy that can move through the windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30 degree difference in temperature! Keep the shutters closed during the daytime to block the sunlight and heat, then let them open up at night to allow the cool night air to flow through your house. Remember that heat-blocking ability isn’t just good during the summer months. If you’re having the same talk about how to beat the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters might be your best match. Make Your House More Energy Efficient Effective window treatments like shutters can improve your energy efficiency, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing some of these smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors: Double check that your air conditioning ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top form. Don’t use inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If any of your appliances are several years old, consider switching them with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances such as the oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a large amount of the heat inside your house. Other Ways To Keep Cool In The Jacksonville Summer Even though these simpler projects may not drastically improve energy efficiency in your home, they can still keep your house cool as the mercury starts climbing: Ensure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan’s body that changes the blades’ direction. Look into using a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that are the most used in your home. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC to cool your home, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. If your home has many south-facing windows without any shutters covering them, think about installing an awning or canopy to block the ever-present sun from pouring down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Floridians cover their windows for years, so we know a little bit about how to keep comfortable at summertime. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 904-289-1663 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Jacksonville summer.