Heat-Reducing Shutters and More Ways To Keep Your Home Cool06/05/2017Spencer Madsen Summer’s creeping up fast in Boise. And though lots of people were begging for summer to get here way back in January, some may not be prepared for the warmer weather. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions has a few tips to get you ready to beat the heat when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Indoor Shutters Keep You Cool The path most of that sticky summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed for energy efficiency, such as plantation shutters, you can bring down the ambient temperature in your home this summer. Just take a look! The science doesn’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are shown to block up to 45% of the thermal energy that normally passes through windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30° difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are closed during the daytime to block the heat and sunlight, then open them at night to let the cooler night air move through your house. Bear in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a boon during summer. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to survive the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters might be your best solution. Up Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Great window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but it doesn’t stop there. By doing any or all of the following smaller projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures indoors: Double check that your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top form. Don’t use wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If some of your appliances are several years old, think about replacing them with newer, more efficient versions. Some appliances like the oven, furnace, and water heater contribute to a good amount of the heat your home generates. More Ways To Keep Cool During The Boise Heat Although these simpler projects might not dramatically increase energy efficiency in your home, they can still keep your house cool as the mercury starts climbing: Make sure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan’s body that changes the blades’ direction. Look into using a dehumidifier, particularly in rooms that you spend the most time during the day. Decreased humidity makes it easier for your AC to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If your home has a lot of south-facing windows without shutters covering them, think about installing a canopy or awning to block out the unyielding sun’s rays from beating down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping Idahoans treat their windows for years, so we’re experts in how to keep cool during the summer. To make it through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 208-609-9129 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Boise summer.