Heat-Reducing Shutters and Other Tips To Stay Cool This Summer06/05/2017Darik Neilson Summer’s just around the corner. And while a lot 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 Las Vegas has a few tips to get you ready to survive the summer when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to make your AC unit work more efficiently. Interior Shutters Keep You Cool The way most of that sweltering summer heat comes inside your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block heat, like plantation shutters, you can have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look! The science doesn’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are proven to block almost 50% of the heat energy that normally passes through windows. In some homes, that can result in a 30° temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are shut during the daytime to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to allow the cooler evening air to flow through your home. Remember that heat-blocking ability isn’t just good during the summer months. If you’re having the same talk about how to survive the cold once winter is here, plantation shutters might be your best match. Up Your Energy Efficiency Effective window treatments like shutters can improve your energy efficiency, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of these smaller tasks, you can decrease energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors: Double check that your AC ducts are properly sealed and insulated. Also, replace your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in top performing shape. Toss out your old inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you can reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If any of your appliances are pretty old, consider replacing them with newer, more efficient ones. Some appliances like the oven, water heater, and furnace contribute to a large chunk of the heat in your space. Other Ways To Remain Cool In The Las Vegas Heat Even though these projects might not dramatically improve energy efficiency in your home, they’re still good ways to stay cool as the mercury goes up: Ensure your ceiling fans are running 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 blades’ direction. Consider running a dehumidifier, especially in rooms that are used the most during the day. Decreased humidity means it’s easier for your AC system to cool your home, and dryer air tends to be cooler on the skin. If your home has a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters on them, think about installing a canopy or awning to prevent the ever-present summer sun from beating down on them. Let Sunburst Help You Beat The Heat We’ve been helping Nevadans cover their windows for years, so we’re experts in what it takes to keep comfortable at summertime. To overcome the season without a sweat, call us at 702-850-6619 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and have a great Las Vegas summer.