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Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

June 05, 2017
Summer is knocking on our door. And though lots of folks were longing for summer weather way back in January, some might not be ready for the heat of summer.

But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Gainesville has a few tips to help you stay cool when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit.

Plantation Shutters Can Cool Your Home

The way most of that sweltering summer heat comes inside your home is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block temperature flow, like plantation shutters, you can greatly reduce the ambient temperature in your house this summer. Just take a look!

The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters are proven to block almost 50% of the thermal energy that can move through the windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30 degree difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are closed during the daytime to block the sunlight and heat, then let them open up during the evening to let the cooler evening air move through your home.

Modern sunroom with white shutters

Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to beat the cold once winter gets close, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution.

Make Your House More Energy Efficient

Effective window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing some of these smaller tasks, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors:

  • Check to see that your air conditioning ducts are sealed and insulated properly. In addition, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top performing shape.

  • Switch away from inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With CFLs or LED bulbs, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without giving up brightness.

  • If any of your appliances are several years old, think about swapping them out with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances like your stove, furnace, and water heater contribute to a large chunk of the heat inside your house.

More Ways To Keep Cool In The Gainesville Summer

Although these smaller projects might not drastically increase your home’s energy efficiency, they can still keep your house cool when the mercury starts climbing:

  • Ensure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan itself that alternates the blades’ direction.

Gainesville sunroom with fan and shutters

  • Consider using a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two you spend the most time during the day. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC unit to cool your home, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin.

  • If your home has many south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters on them, consider putting up an awning or canopy to block out the unyielding sun’s rays from beating down on them.

Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat

We’ve helped Floridians cover their windows for years, so we’re familiar with how to keep cool in the summer. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 813-602-5966 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Gainesville summer.