Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Ways To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Collins Jones Summer is knocking on our door. And though a lot of folks were begging for summer to get here way back in December, some might not be ready for the heat that summer brings. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Dallas has a few tips to help you stay cool when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Indoor Shutters Keep You Cool The way most of that sticky summer heat comes inside your home is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed for energy efficiency, such as plantation shutters, you can bring down the ambient temperature in your house this summer. Just take a look! The numbers don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block almost 50% of the heat energy that can move through the windows. In some cases, that can mean up to a 30 degree difference in temperature! Keep the shutters closed during the daytime to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up at night to allow the cool night air to flow through your house. Bear 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 survive the cold once winter is here, plantation shutters might be your best match. Up Your Home’s Energy Efficiency 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 jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors: Make sure all your AC ducts are sealed and insulated properly. In addition, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in peak performing shape. Switch away from wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If some of your appliances are pretty old, think about switching them with newer, more efficient ones. Certain appliances like the stove, water heater, and furnace make up a good chunk of the heat your home generates. Other Ways To Stay Cool In The Dallas Summer Though these smaller projects might not drastically improve your house’s energy efficiency, they’re still helpful ways to keep cool when the mercury starts climbing: Check that your ceiling fans are turning 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 direction of the blades. Look into using a dehumidifier, especially in rooms that are used the most in your home. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. For homes that have a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have shutters covering them, think about putting up a canopy or awning to block the unyielding sun’s rays from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Texans treat their windows for years, so we’re experts in what it takes to keep comfortable in the summer. If you want to last through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 214-301-5066 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Dallas summer.