When the summer temperatures peak, so do our tempers and we become hot and bothered in our own homes. This makes it more frustrating with keeping our homes cool in summer without the benefit of a costly energy-hungry air conditioner. “Windows and doors are responsible for a lot of the heat loss and heat gain of a home, and knowing how to effectively use and treat these is critical for optimum indoor conditions,” says Karina Palmer, interior designer and marketing director of AMERICAN shutters. If your home is properly insulated, then keeping your windows and doors closed during the heat of the day, and opening them up as the summer temperatures drop in the evening and early morning is good advice. However, if your home is not insulated, then closing your doors and windows could be counter productive, creating a greenhouse effect. Certain window treatments are very effective thermal insulators, restricting the amount of heat gain and keeping the interior cool. “Interior wood blinds, when completely closed and lowered can reduce heat gain around 45% and they are very effective at blocking or directing the light into a room,” advises Karina. Shutters are brilliant thermal insulators, their adjustable louvres allow ventilation and light control while limiting the heat gain through windows and doors. “Exterior shutters are top-performers when it comes to thermal insulation in summer, providing an effective, attractive barrier between outdoor heat and the window or door glass pane,” says Karina. “They are also great for added security and do not take up any interior space.” Exterior shutters are also ideal when creating an outdoor entertainment space that is comfortable during both the day and evening, blocking out unwanted sunlight and heat, or directing a breeze. “We need to do what we can to stay cool and make the most of our glorious summer weather, because before we know it, we will be moaning about the cold and longing for the summer heat again,” concludes Karina.Contact: American Shutters
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