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Heat-Stopping Shutters and More Tips To Stay Cool This Summer

June 05, 2017
Summer is creeping up fast in Virginia Beach. And while many people were begging for summer to get here way back in January, some may not be ready for the warmer weather.

But there’s no need to sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach has your back with a few pointers to help you stay comfortable when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit.

Indoor Shutters Keep You Cool

The way most of that sweaty summer heat comes inside your house is through your windows. By putting in window treatments designed to block temperature flow, such as plantation shutters, you can have more control over the temperature in your house. Just take a look!

The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block almost 50% of the thermal energy that comes in through your windows. In some cases, that can result in a 30 degree temperature difference! Make sure your shutters are closed during the daytime to keep out heat and sunlight, then let them open up during the evening to let the cool evening air move through your house.

Modern parlor with interior shutters

Remember that energy efficiency isn’t just a benefit during summer. If you’re having a similar conversation about how to survive the cold once winter gets close, plantation shutters could be your best match.

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Great window insulators like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s a lot more you can do. By doing some of the following smaller jobs, you can decrease energy waste, which contributes to higher temperatures indoors:

  • Check to see that your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every month to keep your system in peak performing shape.

  • Switch away from wasteful incandescent light bulbs. With CFLs or LED bulbs, you’ll reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without reducing brightness.

  • If some of your appliances are several years old, consider switching them with newer, more efficient updates. Some appliances like the oven, furnace, and water heater contribute to a good chunk of the heat your home generates.

Other Ways To Keep Cool In The Virginia Beach Summer

Even though these projects might not dramatically improve energy efficiency in your home, they can still keep your home cool when the mercury goes up:

  • Ensure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they move cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, there’s likely a small switch on the fan itself that alternates the direction of the blades.

Virginia Beach sunroom with fan and shutters

  • Look into running a dehumidifier, especially in the room or two are used the most in your home. Lower air humidity makes it 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 any shutters covering them, think about installing a canopy or awning to block the relentless sun from pouring down on them.

Let Us Help You Beat The Heat

We’ve helped Virginians cover their windows for years, so we know a little bit about what it takes to stay cool in the summer. To make it through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 757-210-6448 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the Virginia Beach summer.