Heat-Reducing Shutters and Other Ways To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Holly Perron Summer is knocking on our door. And though a lot of folks were wishing it was here way back in December, some might not be ready for the heat of summer. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick has a few pointers to help you stay cool when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Plantation Shutters Keep You Cool The path most of that sweltering 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 make a huge dent in how hot your home gets. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters are shown to block nearly half of the thermal energy that normally passes through windows. In some homes, that can result in a 30 degree difference in temperature! Keep the shutters closed during the day to block the heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cool evening air to flow through your home. Keep in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a benefit during the summer months. If you’re having the same talk about how to beat the cold once winter gets close, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Up Your Energy Efficiency Effective window insulators like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing any or all of these smaller jobs, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors: Make sure all your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top performing shape. Don’t use wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If any of your appliances are several years old, consider replacing them with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances like your stove, furnace, and water heater make up a large amount of the heat your home generates. Other Ways To Keep Cool During The New Brunswick Summer Heat Though these projects may not dramatically increase energy efficiency in your home, they’re still good ways to stay cool when the mercury starts climbing: Check that your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan’s body that changes the direction of the blades. Think about running a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two you spend the most time during the day. Decreased humidity makes it easier for your AC system to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If your home has many south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters on them, consider putting up an awning or canopy to prevent the ever-present sun’s rays from pouring down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat We’ve helped New Jerseyans treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to stay comfortable at summertime. If you want to overcome the season without a sweat, call us at 732-301-6168 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the New Brunswick summer.