Heat-Blocking Shutters and Other Tips To Keep Your Home Cool06/05/2017Curtis Orton Summer’s creeping up fast in San Jose. And though lots of people were longing for summer weather way back in February, some might not be prepared for the warmer weather. But don’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters San Jose has a few tips to help you stay cool when the thermostat’s on the fritz, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to get your AC working better. Plantation Shutters Can Cool Your Home The path most of that sweaty summer heat takes to get into your house is through your windows. By installing window treatments designed to block heat, like plantation shutters, you can make a huge dent in how hot your home gets. Just take a look! The numbers are in: Polywood® plantation shutters have been shown to block up to 45% of the heat energy that normally passes through windows. In some homes, that can result in a 30° difference in temperature! Make sure your shutters are closed during the day to keep out sunlight and heat, then open them at night to let the cool evening air flow through your home. Keep 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 is here, plantation shutters might be your best solution. Up Your Energy Efficiency Great window insulators like shutters can make your home more energy efficient, but there’s more room for improvement. By doing some of the following smaller projects, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures inside: Make sure all your AC ducts are tightly sealed and insulated. Also, change out your air filter every 4-6 weeks to keep your system in peak form. Don’t use inefficient incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat emitted by your light bulbs without sacrificing brightness. If your appliances are a little older, think about replacing them with newer, more efficient versions. Some appliances such as your oven, water heater, and furnace make up a good amount of the heat in your space. Other Ways To Remain Cool During The San Jose Summer Though these simpler projects may not drastically increase energy efficiency in your home, they still let you keep your home cool as the mercury rises: Check that your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so that the cold air is pushed downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, find the small switch on the fan itself that reverses the blades’ direction. Look into running a dehumidifier, particularly in areas that are used the most in your home. Decreased humidity makes it 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 without shutters covering them, consider putting up a canopy or awning to block the ever-present summer sun from pouring down on them. Let Us Help You Beat The Heat We’ve helped Californians treat their windows for years, so we’re familiar with how to stay comfortable during the summer. If you want to make it through the season without a sweat, give us a ring at 408-831-3373 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Working together we can beat the heat and enjoy the San Jose summer.