Heat-Blocking Shutters and More Ways To Beat The Summer Heat06/05/2017Dan Taylor Summer is knocking on our door. And while a lot of folks were longing for summer weather way back in January, some might not be ready for the summer heat. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Atlanta has a few pointers to help you beat the heat when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Indoor Shutters Keep You Cool The way most of that sticky summer heat comes inside 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 are in: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block nearly half of the heat energy that normally passes through windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30° difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are closed during the daytime to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cooler night air to move through your house. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to beat the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters may be your perfect solution. Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Effective window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing some of the following smaller projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures inside: Check to see that your air conditioning ducts are sealed and insulated properly. In addition, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in top form. Switch away from wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If your appliances are several years old, consider swapping them out with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances like your oven, water heater, and furnace make up a large amount of the heat in your space. More Ways To Stay Cool During The Atlanta Summer Heat Though these projects may not dramatically increase your house’s energy efficiency, they can still keep your home cool as the mercury starts climbing: Make sure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, find the small switch on the fan’s body that reverses the direction. Look into running a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two you spend the most time in your home. Decreased humidity makes it easier for your AC system to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If you have many south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters on 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 We’ve been helping Georgians cover their windows for years, so we’re experts in how to stay cool in the summer. To last through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 404-962-8517 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Atlanta summer.