Heat-Reducing Shutters and Other Ways To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Richard Rampton Summer’s just around the bend. And while a lot of people were wishing it was here way back in February, some might not be prepared for the warmer weather. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Chicago has a few pointers to get you ready to beat the heat when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Plantation Shutters Can Cool Your Home The path most of that sweltering summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By putting in 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 are shown to block almost 50% of the heat energy that normally passes through windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30° difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are shut during the day to block the sunlight and heat, then let them open up during the evening to let the cool night air flow through your home. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just good during summer. If you’re having the same talk about how to survive the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Effective window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing some of these smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Make sure all your air conditioning ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in peak form. Don’t use energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If any of your appliances are several years old, consider switching them with newer, more efficient ones. Some appliances like the stove, water heater, and furnace contribute to a good chunk of the heat in your space. More Ways To Stay Cool In The Chicago Heat Though these simpler projects may not drastically improve energy efficiency in your home, they still let you keep your house cool as the mercury starts climbing: Ensure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan’s body that alternates the direction. Look into running a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two you spend the most time in your home. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC system to keep your home cool, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. If you have a lot of south-facing windows without any shutters on them, think about hanging a canopy or awning to block the ever-present sun from beating down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat We’ve helped Chicagoans cover their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to stay comfortable at summertime. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 847-250-6544 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Chicago summer.