Heat-Reducing Shutters and Other Tips To Beat The Summer Heat06/05/2017Darren Wong Summer is creeping up fast in Honolulu. And while lots of people were begging for summer to get here way back in December, some may not be prepared for the warmer weather. But you shouldn’t sweat it, Sunburst Shutters Honolulu has your back with a few pointers to get you ready to stay comfortable when the temperatures start getting high, from heat-blocking shutters to ways to reduce the strain on your AC unit. Plantation 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 for energy efficiency, like 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 proven to block up to 45% 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 daytime to keep out sunlight and heat, then open them at night to allow the cool night air to flow through your house. Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t just a boon during the summer months. If you’re having the same talk about how to survive the cold once winter comes, plantation shutters might 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 more room for improvement. By doing some of these smaller tasks, you can decrease your home’s energy waste, which can lead to higher temperatures inside: Check to see that your AC ducts are sealed and insulated properly. Also, replace your air filter every month to keep your system in great form. Toss out your old energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. With LED bulbs or CFL lamps, you’ll reduce the heat given off by your light bulbs without giving up brightness. If your appliances are several years old, consider swapping them out with newer, more efficient ones. Certain appliances such as the stove, water heater, and furnace contribute to a good chunk of the heat inside your house. More Ways To Stay Cool During The Honolulu Summer Heat Although these smaller projects might not drastically improve your home’s energy efficiency, they’re still effective ways to stay cool when the mercury rises: Ensure your ceiling fans are going counter-clockwise, so they push cold air downward. If your fans are moving clockwise, look for a small switch on the fan’s body that alternates the direction of the blades. Look into running a dehumidifier, particularly in rooms that you spend the most time during the day. Less humidity in the air makes it easier for your AC to keep your home cool, and dryer air is cooler on the skin. If your home has a lot of south-facing windows without shutters on them, think about installing a canopy or awning to prevent the ever-present sun’s rays from pouring down on them. Call Sunburst To Help You Beat The Heat Sunburst has helped Hawaiians treat their windows for years, so we know a little bit about how to keep comfortable in the summer. If you’d like to make it through the season without a sweat, give us a call at 808-797-2004 today or fill out our free consultation form below. Together we can beat the heat and have a great Honolulu summer.