Heat-Stopping Shutters and Other Ways To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017Eric Ramsey Summer is creeping up fast in Tampa. And while lots of people were begging for summer to get here way back in January, some may not be prepared for the heat that summer brings. But you shouldn’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 bring down the ambient temperature in your house this summer. 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. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a boon during summer. If you’re having the same talk about how to survive the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters might be your best match. 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 any or all of these smaller tasks, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Check to see that your air conditioning ducts are properly sealed and insulated. In addition, change out your air filter every month to keep your system in peak 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 your home generates. More Ways To Remain Cool During The Tampa Summer Heat Though these simpler projects might not drastically improve your house’s energy efficiency, they still let you keep your home cool as the mercury goes up: Make sure your ceiling fans are running counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan itself that changes the direction. 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. If you have many south-facing windows without any shutters covering them, consider hanging a canopy or awning to prevent the relentless sun from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To 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 during the summer. If you’d like to last through the season without a sweat, call us 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.