Heat-Blocking Shutters and More Ways To Beat The Summer Heat06/05/2017Holly Perron Summer’s creeping up fast in Boston. And though a lot of people were longing for summer weather way back in December, some might not be ready for the heat that summer brings. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Boston has a few tips to get you ready to survive the summer when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Indoor Shutters Block Summer Heat The way most of that miserable summer heat comes inside your house 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 are in: Polywood® plantation shutters are proven to block almost 50% of the thermal energy that can move through the windows. In some homes, that can result in a 30° temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are shut during the day to block the sunlight and heat, then open them at night to allow the cooler night air to flow through your home. Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re asking the same questions about how to beat the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters might be your perfect solution. Up Your Energy Efficiency Effective window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing any or all of the following smaller projects, you can decrease energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors: Check to see that your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top form. Switch away from energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If your appliances are pretty old, consider switching them with newer, more efficient versions. Some appliances such as the oven, water heater, and furnace make up a large chunk of the heat in your space. Other Ways To Keep Cool In The Boston Summer Heat Though these simpler projects might not drastically increase your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still effective ways to stay 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 spinning clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that changes the direction of the blades. Think about running a dehumidifier, especially in rooms that are the most used in your home. Less humidity in the air makes it easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin. If you have many south-facing windows without shutters on them, think about installing a canopy or awning to prevent the relentless sun’s rays from beating down on them. Let Us Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Bay Staters treat their windows for years, so we’re familiar with how to stay comfortable during the summer. To make it through the season without a sweat, call us at 781-352-2205 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Boston summer.