Heat-Stopping Shutters and Other Tips To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Jacob Hayes Summer is just around the corner. And while many people were begging for summer to get here way back in February, some may not be prepared for the summer heat. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Kingsport has a few tips to get you ready to stay cool when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Indoor Shutters Can Cool Your Home The path most of that sweltering summer heat takes to get into your home is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed for energy efficiency, such as plantation shutters, you can have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look! The numbers don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block almost 50% of the thermal energy that can move through the windows. In some homes, that can result in a 30 degree temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are shut during the day to keep out sunlight and heat, then let them open up during the evening to let the cool night air flow through your house. Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a boon during the summer months. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to survive the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters might be your perfect solution. Up Your Energy Efficiency Great window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of the following smaller tasks, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures inside: Double check that your air conditioning ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. In addition, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top form. Toss out your old wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If some of your appliances are a little older, consider switching them with newer, more efficient versions. Some appliances like the oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a large amount of the heat in your space. Other Ways To Stay Cool During The Kingsport Summer Though these simpler projects might not drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still good ways to keep cool when the mercury rises: Make sure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are spinning clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan itself that changes the direction of the blades. Think about using a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that you spend the most time during the day. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC to cool your home, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. If you have a lot of south-facing windows without shutters covering them, think about putting up a canopy or awning 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 Tennesseans treat their windows for years, so we’re familiar with what it takes to keep cool in the summer. If you’d like to make it through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 276-378-7422 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Kingsport summer.