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Heat-Blocking Shutters and More Tips To Beat The Summer Heat

June 05, 2017
Summer is creeping up fast in Cleveland. And while lots of folks were longing for summer weather way back in January, some might not be ready for the heat of summer.

But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Cleveland has a few pointers 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.

Interior Shutters Block Summer Heat

The path most of that sticky summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block heat, such as plantation shutters, you can have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look!

The numbers don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block up to 45% of the heat energy that can move through the windows. In some homes, that can result in a 30° temperature difference! Keep the shutters shut during the daytime to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to let the cooler night air move through your house.

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Remember that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re asking the same questions about how to beat the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters may be your best match.

Up Your Energy Efficiency

Effective window insulators like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing some of these smaller tasks, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures inside:

  • Make sure all your air conditioning ducts are sealed and insulated properly. In addition, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top form.

  • Switch away from wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness.

  • If your appliances are several years old, think about switching them with newer, more efficient updates. Certain appliances like your stove, water heater, and furnace contribute to a good chunk of the heat inside your house.

More Ways To Stay Cool In The Cleveland Summer Heat

Although these projects may not dramatically increase your home’s energy efficiency, they still let you keep your house cool as the mercury goes up:

  • Ensure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, find the small switch on the fan itself that changes the direction.

Cleveland sunroom with fan and shutters

  • Look into running a dehumidifier, especially in rooms that you spend the most time in your home. Lower air humidity means it’s easier for your AC system to cool your home, and dryer air usually feels cooler on the skin.

  • If you have a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters on them, think about putting up a canopy or awning to prevent the relentless summer sun from beating down on them.

Let Us Help You Beat The Heat

We’ve been helping Clevelanders cover their windows for years, so we’re experts in how to stay comfortable during the summer. To make it through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 440-561-6787 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Cleveland summer.