Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Tips To Keep Your Home Cool06/05/2017Dennis Rooney Summer’s knocking on our door. And while many folks were wishing it was here way back in December, some may not be prepared for the warmer weather. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters New York has your back with a few pointers to get you ready to stay cool when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Plantation Shutters Block Summer Heat The path most of that sweaty summer heat takes to get into your home is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed to block temperature flow, such as plantation shutters, you can have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block nearly half of the thermal energy that can move through the windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30° difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are closed during the daytime to block the sunlight and heat, then open them at night to let the cool night air move through your house. Bear in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just good during the summer months. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to survive the cold once winter is here, plantation shutters may be your best solution. Up Your Energy Efficiency Great window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing any or all of the following smaller tasks, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Double check that your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in peak performing shape. Don’t use inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LEDs or CFL lights, you’ll reduce the heat radiated by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If any of your appliances are a little older, think about replacing them with newer, more efficient updates. Some appliances like the oven, furnace, and water heater contribute to a good amount of the heat inside your house. More Ways To Remain Cool During The New York City Summer Heat Although these smaller projects may not dramatically increase energy efficiency in your home, they still let you keep your home cool when the mercury starts climbing: Check that your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are spinning clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan itself that alternates the blades’ direction. Think about using a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two are the most used in your home. Decreased humidity makes it easier for your AC system to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If you have many south-facing windows that don’t have shutters covering them, think about installing a canopy or awning to block the ever-present summer sun from beating down on them. Let Us Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping New Yorkers treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about how to keep cool at summertime. To last through the season without a sweat, call us at 631-246-3930 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the New York City summer.