Heat-Stopping Shutters and Other Ways To Cool Down Your Home06/05/2017David White Summer is creeping up fast in Miami. And while a lot of folks were wishing it was here way back in January, some may not be ready for the heat of summer. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Miami 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 make your AC unit work more efficiently. Indoor Shutters Keep You Cool The way most of that miserable summer heat comes inside your home is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block heat, such as plantation shutters, you can bring down the ambient temperature in your space this summer. Just take a look! The science doesn’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are proven to block nearly half of the thermal energy that can move through the windows. In some homes, that can result in a 30° difference in temperature! Keep the shutters shut during the daytime to keep out sunlight and heat, then open them at night to allow the cool night air to move through your home. Bear in mind that heat-blocking ability isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re asking the same questions about how to beat the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters could be your perfect solution. Make Your Space More Energy Efficient Great window treatments like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing any or all of the following smaller jobs, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures inside: Make sure all your air conditioning ducts are sealed and insulated properly. In addition, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in peak form. Don’t use energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If your appliances are several years old, think about replacing them with newer, more efficient updates. Some appliances such as your oven, water heater, and furnace make up a large chunk of the heat your home generates. More Ways To Remain Cool In The Miami Summer Though these smaller projects may not drastically increase your house’s energy efficiency, they can still keep your home cool when the mercury rises: Ensure your ceiling fans are turning counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, find the small switch on the fan’s body that changes the direction of the blades. Consider using a dehumidifier, especially in rooms that you spend the most time in your home. Less humidity in the air means it’s easier for your AC system to keep your home cool, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. For homes that have a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters covering them, think about putting up an awning or canopy to prevent the ever-present sun from beating down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Floridians cover their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to keep cool in the summer. If you’d like to make it through the season without a sweat, call us at 305-520-7515 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Miami summer.