Heat-Stopping Shutters and Other Ways To Beat The Summer Heat06/05/2017Danielle Micich Summer is creeping up fast in Fort Lauderdale. And though a lot of people were wishing it was here way back in February, some might not be ready for the heat of summer. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale has a few pointers to get you ready to survive the summer when the mercury starts rising, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Interior Shutters Block Summer Heat The path most of that miserable summer heat takes to get into your home is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block temperature flow, such as plantation shutters, you can bring down the ambient temperature in your space this summer. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters are proven to block nearly half of the thermal energy that normally passes through windows. In some homes, that can mean up to a 30 degree difference in temperature! Keep the shutters shut during the daytime to keep out heat and sunlight, then open them at night to allow the cooler night air to move through your home. Remember that heat-blocking ability isn’t just good during summer. If you’re having the same talk about how to survive the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters might be your best solution. Improve Your Energy Efficiency Great window treatments like shutters can up your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of these smaller projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors: Double check that your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. In addition, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in great performing shape. Switch away from wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With CFLs or LED bulbs, you’ll reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If any of your appliances are pretty old, consider replacing them with newer, more efficient ones. Some appliances such as the oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a good chunk of the heat in your space. More Ways To Stay Cool During The Fort Lauderdale Heat Even though these smaller projects may not drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency, they still let you keep your home cool when the mercury rises: Make sure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are turning clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan’s body that changes the blades’ direction. Consider running a dehumidifier, especially in rooms that are the busiest during the day. Less humidity in the air means it’s easier for your AC unit to keep your home cool, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. If your home has a lot of south-facing windows without shutters covering them, consider hanging an awning or canopy to block the relentless sun’s rays from beating down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Floridians cover their windows for years, so we’re familiar with what it takes to keep cool during the summer. To last through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 561-440-8535 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Fort Lauderdale summer.