Heat-Stopping Shutters and More Tips To Beat The Summer Heat06/05/2017George Christ Summer’s creeping up fast in Minneapolis. And while many people were wishing it was here way back in February, some may not be prepared for the heat of summer. But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis has your back with a few tips to help you beat the heat when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Indoor 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 heat, such as plantation shutters, you can have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look! The numbers don’t lie: Polywood® plantation shutters are shown to block almost 50% of the heat energy that can move through the windows. In some cases, that can mean up to a 30 degree temperature difference! Keep the shutters shut during the day to block the heat and sunlight, then let them open up at night to allow the cooler night air to flow through your home. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just good during the summer months. If you’re asking the same questions about how to survive the cold once winter comes around, plantation shutters could be your best solution. Up Your Home’s 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 the following smaller projects, you can decrease energy waste, which can lead 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 peak form. Toss out your old inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With CFLs or LED bulbs, you can reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without reducing brightness. If some of your appliances are a little older, consider swapping them out with newer, more efficient updates. Some appliances like the stove, furnace, and water heater make up a large chunk of the heat in your space. More Ways To Stay Cool In The Minneapolis Heat Although these projects might not dramatically improve energy efficiency in your home, they’re still effective ways to keep cool when 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, find the small switch on the fan itself that reverses the direction of the blades. Think about running a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that you spend the most time in your home. Decreased humidity makes it easier for your AC to cool your home, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. If you have a lot of south-facing windows that don’t have any shutters on them, consider putting up a canopy or awning to block the relentless sun’s rays from beating down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Minnesotans treat their windows for years, so we’re experts in what it takes to keep comfortable in the summer. If you’d like to make it through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 952-856-8130 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Minneapolis summer.