Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Tips To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Charlie Cole and Brady Parker Summer’s just around the bend. And though a lot of folks were begging for summer to get here way back in February, some might not be prepared for the heat of summer. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers has your back with a few tips to help you survive the summer when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Interior Shutters Keep You Cool The way most of that sweaty summer heat comes inside your house is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed to block temperature flow, 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 comes in through your windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30 degree temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are shut during the daytime to block the heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cooler evening air to move through your house. Remember that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re having the same talk about how to survive the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters could be your best solution. Improve Your Energy Efficiency Effective window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of these smaller projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures inside: Double check that your air conditioning ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in peak form. Don’t use energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If some of your appliances are several years old, think about swapping them out with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances such as your stove, water heater, and furnace make up a large amount of the heat your home generates. More Ways To Stay Cool During The Fort Myers Heat Even though these simpler projects might not drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still effective ways to keep cool when the mercury rises: Ensure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are spinning clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan’s body that alternates the direction. Look into using a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two are used the most in your home. Lower air humidity means it’s easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. If you have a lot of south-facing windows without shutters on them, think about hanging a canopy or awning to prevent the relentless sun from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Floridians treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to keep comfortable in the summer. If you want to overcome the season without a sweat, give us a call at 239-208-6577 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Fort Myers summer.