Heat-Stopping Shutters and More Tips To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Stefano Diotaiuti Summer is just around the corner. And though a lot of people were longing for summer weather way back in February, some may not be ready for the heat that summer brings. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Nashville has your back with a few tips to help you beat the heat when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Interior Shutters Can Cool Your Home The path most of that sticky summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block temperature flow, such as plantation shutters, you can greatly reduce the ambient temperature in your space this summer. Just take a look! The science doesn’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are shown to block nearly half of the heat energy that normally passes through windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30 degree temperature difference! Keep the shutters closed during the daytime to block the sunlight and heat, then open them during the evening to let the cooler evening air flow through your house. Remember that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a benefit during the summer months. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to beat the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters might be your perfect solution. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Great window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing any or all of these smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures inside: Double check that your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. Also, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in top performing shape. Don’t use inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If some of your appliances are pretty old, think about replacing them with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances like your oven, furnace, and water heater contribute to a large chunk of the heat in your space. More Ways To Keep Cool During The Nashville Summer Heat Even though these simpler projects might not dramatically improve energy efficiency in your home, they’re still good ways to keep cool when the mercury starts climbing: Check that your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan’s body that alternates the direction. Think about running a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two are used the most during the day. Lower air humidity makes it easier for your AC system to keep your home cool, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. For homes that have a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters covering them, consider hanging an awning or canopy to block out the ever-present sun from beating down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping Tennesseans treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about how to keep cool in the summer. If you’d like to make it through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 615-236-8530 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Nashville summer.