Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Ways To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Eric Ramsey Summer is creeping up fast in Gainesville. And though lots of folks were begging for summer to get here 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 beat the heat 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 sticky 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 don’t lie: 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! Keep the shutters closed during the daytime to block the sunlight and heat, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cooler evening air to move through your home. Keep 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 might 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 projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Make sure all your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. In addition, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top performing shape. Toss out your old wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With CFLs or LED bulbs, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If any of your appliances are pretty old, think about switching them with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances like your stove, furnace, and water heater contribute to a good chunk of the heat your home generates. More Ways To Stay Cool In The Gainesville Summer Though these simpler projects might not drastically increase your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still good ways to stay cool when the mercury starts climbing: Ensure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that changes the blades’ direction. Think about using a dehumidifier, especially in areas that you spend the most time during the day. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC system to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If your home has a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters on them, consider installing an awning or canopy to block out the unyielding sun’s rays from beating down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping 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, call us at 813-602-5966 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Gainesville summer.