Heat-Stopping Shutters and Other Tips To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Tyler Jorgensen Summer’s knocking on our door. And while lots of folks were longing for summer weather way back in December, some might not be ready for the warmer weather. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City has a few tips to get you ready to beat the heat when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Plantation Shutters Block Summer Heat The way most of that sticky summer heat comes inside 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 don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are proven to block nearly half of the thermal energy that can move through the windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30° difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are shut during the daytime to keep out sunlight and heat, then open them at night to let the cool evening air flow through your home. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re having the same talk about how to survive the cold once winter is here, plantation shutters might be your perfect solution. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Effective window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing some of these smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures inside: Make sure all your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. Also, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in peak form. Don’t use wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you can reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If any of your appliances are several years old, think about switching them with newer, more efficient ones. Certain appliances like your oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a large chunk of the heat in your space. More Ways To Stay Cool In The Oklahoma City Summer Heat Though these simpler projects may not drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still helpful ways to keep cool when the mercury starts climbing: Make sure 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’s body that changes the direction of the blades. Look into running a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that are the busiest in your home. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC unit to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. For homes that have a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have shutters on them, consider hanging an awning or canopy to block out the ever-present sun from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat We’ve helped Oklahomans cover their windows for years, so we’re familiar with how to stay cool during the summer. If you want to overcome the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 405-300-4664 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Oklahoma City summer.