Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Tips To Keep Your Home Cool06/05/2017Todd Hansen Summer’s creeping up fast in Orlando. And while a lot of people were longing for summer weather way back in January, some might not be ready for the heat that summer brings. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Orlando has a few tips to get you ready to stay comfortable when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Interior Shutters Can Cool Your Home 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 make a huge dent in how hot your home gets. Just take a look! The numbers don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters have been proven to block almost 50% of the heat energy that normally passes through windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30 degree temperature difference! Keep the shutters shut during the day to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up at night to let the cool evening air flow through your home. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a boon during the summer months. If you’re asking the same questions about how to survive the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters may be your best match. Make Your Space More Energy Efficient Effective window insulators like shutters can improve your energy efficiency, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing some of these smaller tasks, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors: Double check that your air conditioning ducts are properly sealed and insulated. In addition, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top performing shape. Switch away from energy-hogging 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 several years old, consider switching them with newer, more efficient updates. Some 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 During The Orlando Summer Heat Though these smaller projects may not dramatically improve energy efficiency in your home, they still let you keep your home cool as the mercury rises: Check that your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that changes the direction. Think about using a dehumidifier, particularly in rooms that are the busiest in your home. Lower air humidity makes it easier for your AC unit to keep your home cool, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. If your home has a lot of south-facing windows without any shutters covering them, consider hanging a canopy or awning to prevent the ever-present sun from beating 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 what it takes to keep cool in the summer. To last through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 407-630-7011 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Orlando summer.