This Summer in Phoenix, Wood Shutters Help Keep the Heat Out Of Homes

Summer is fast approaching and though it can be a fun time for everyone, there’s a significant downside to it: the heat, especially here in Arizona. People usually deal with it by turning the air conditioning up full blast. Though convenient, this isn’t exactly the best thing to do in terms of the environment. Plus, the electricity bill would be astronomical by the end of the month.

The simplest way for handling the heat in Phoenix are blinds and shutters. They may not be the most high-tech of solutions, but it can prove to be the best one. Here’s a snip from an article that describes how wood shutters can help in keeping houses cool in summer:

“The best way to deal with unwanted solar gain is to keep it out in the first place. One can do that with properly designed overhangs or bris soleil, which keep out the sun in summer but are designed to let it in during winter. However this is not very flexible. Another option is the exterior blind, quite common in Europe or Australia but expensive and hard to find in North America, where upfront cost always loses out to operating cost.”

The savings costs is a good enough reason for a house to invest in these accessories. Well-made blinds and shutters can make sure that the sun will not heat up the rooms of a house and, depending on the materials, they can last for years. They can even act as insulation in winter months, to help keep the heat in. Shutters are also easily installed and need minimal maintenance from homeowners.

People can easily find window treatment companies, like Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions and others, in the area around Phoenix for wood shutters to have installed. Wood is not the only material that shutters are made of. Wood substitutes like Polywood can provide the same functionality of wood while being more durable in the long term. With all of these advantages, it is easy to see why window shutters can provide a good economic alternative to air conditioning in terms of cooling.

(Source: 10 Overlooked Low-Tech Ways of Keeping Your Home Cool, July 7, 2009)