Heat-Reducing Shutters and Other Tips To Beat The Summer Heat06/05/2017Neil Blackwelder Summer’s just around the bend. And while many people were longing for summer weather way back in January, some might not be ready for the heat that summer brings. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Charlotte has your back with a few pointers to help you stay comfortable when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Interior Shutters Keep You Cool The path most of that sweaty summer heat takes to get into your home is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block heat, 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 have been proven to block nearly half of the thermal energy that can move through the windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30° temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are shut during the daytime to block the heat and sunlight, then open them at night to let the cooler night air move through your home. Bear in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a boon 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 Energy Efficiency Great window treatments like shutters can improve your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing any or all of the following smaller projects, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Check to see that your air conditioning ducts are properly sealed and insulated. In addition, change out your air filter every month to keep your system in peak performing shape. Switch away from inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If some of your appliances are pretty old, consider replacing them with newer, more efficient updates. Some appliances like your stove, water heater, and furnace make up a large chunk of the heat inside your house. Other Ways To Remain Cool During The Charlotte Heat Although these simpler projects might not dramatically increase your house’s energy efficiency, they can still keep your home cool as the mercury rises: Make sure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, find the small switch on the fan’s body that reverses the blades’ direction. Consider running a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that you spend the most time in your home. Less humidity in the air means it’s easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. If you have a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have shutters on them, consider installing a canopy or awning to block the unyielding summer sun from pouring down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped North Carolinians treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about how to keep comfortable during the summer. If you’d like to overcome the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 980-231-1116 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Charlotte summer.