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Heat-Stopping Shutters and Other Ways To Beat The Summer Heat

June 05, 2017
Summer is knocking on our door. And while many people were longing for summer weather way back in January, some may not be prepared for the heat that summer brings.

But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Tampa has your back with a few tips to get you ready to stay comfortable when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better.

Interior Shutters Can Cool Your Home

The path most of that sweaty summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed for energy efficiency, like 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 up to 45% of the heat energy that comes in through your windows. In some cases, that can mean up to a 30° temperature difference! Keep the shutters shut during the day to block the heat and sunlight, then let them open up at night to let the cool evening air flow through your house.

Modern parlor with interior shutters

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 comes, plantation shutters could be your best solution.

Improve Your Energy Efficiency

Great window insulators like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of the following smaller tasks, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors:

  • Make sure all your air conditioning ducts are properly sealed and insulated. In addition, change out your air filter every month to keep your system in great performing shape.

  • Don’t use energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without reducing brightness.

  • If some of your appliances are pretty old, think about switching them with newer, more efficient ones. Some appliances like the stove, water heater, and furnace contribute to a large chunk of the heat inside your house.

Other Ways To Remain Cool During The Tampa Summer Heat

Though these smaller projects might not drastically increase your house’s energy efficiency, they’re still helpful ways to keep cool as the mercury goes up:

  • Ensure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are spinning clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan itself that changes the direction.

Tampa living room with fan and shutters

  • Consider running a dehumidifier, particularly in the room or two are used the most during the day. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin.

  • For homes that have many south-facing windows without any shutters covering them, consider hanging an awning or canopy to prevent the relentless summer sun from pouring down on them.

Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat

We’ve helped Floridians cover their windows for years, so we’re experts in what it takes to stay cool at summertime. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 813-580-7288 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Tampa summer.