Heat-Stopping Shutters and Other Ways To Keep Your Home Cool06/05/2017Steve Hill Summer’s knocking on our door. And while many people were begging for summer to get here way back in February, some might not be prepared for the warmer weather. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Detroit has a few pointers to get you ready to stay cool when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Indoor Shutters Keep You Cool The path most of that sweaty summer heat takes to get into your home is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed for energy efficiency, 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 heat energy that comes in through your windows. In some cases, that can mean up to a 30° difference in temperature! Keep the shutters closed during the daytime to block the sunlight and heat, then open them during the evening to let the cooler night air flow through your home. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during the summer months. If you’re having the same talk about how to beat the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters might be your best match. Make Your House More Energy Efficient Effective window treatments like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing some of these smaller tasks, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Double check that your AC ducts are sealed and insulated properly. Also, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in top performing shape. 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 your appliances are pretty old, think about swapping them out with newer, more efficient versions. Certain appliances such as the stove, water heater, and furnace make up a large amount of the heat inside your house. More Ways To Stay Cool During The Detroit Summer Although these projects may not drastically increase your house’s energy efficiency, they’re still effective ways to keep cool as the mercury starts climbing: Check that your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are spinning clockwise, find the small switch on the fan itself that alternates the blades’ direction. Consider running a dehumidifier, especially in rooms that are used the most in your home. Less humidity in the air makes it easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If you have a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have shutters covering them, think about hanging a canopy or awning to prevent the ever-present summer sun from pouring down on them. Let Us Help You Beat The Heat We’ve helped Michiganians treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to keep cool in the summer. To last through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 248-429-9294 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Detroit summer.