The seasons are changing, and that means it’s time for those home improvement projects you’ve planned. Aside from cleaning and sprucing up your house, now’s the time to think about how the changing weather may affect your home in other ways, and how you can best equip your house for those changes.
Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the place where the changing weather may have the greatest effect is at your windows. Since they’re the main conduits through which heat and light move through your house, managing that airflow with insulating plantation shutters is a seasonal home improvement project that can benefit youyear-round.
How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities
If you’re getting ready for cooler weather, some of the best home maintenance projects have one goal in common: helping your thermostat. Colder weather makes nearly every part of your house work harder, from your HVAC system to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your utility bills in a number of ways.
There are some simple things you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, such as changing your furnace filters and installing weatherstripping. But unless you address your windows, you’ll be neglecting the biggest source of energy transfer in your home.
Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather
Every year you’ll see home improvement stores in town start stocking the same winterization products on the shelves: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. While these products are certainly better than nothing, they have a number of drawbacks. For one, they’re temporary - meaning it’s a yearly chore to buy them, install them, and take them down once the weather changes again.
Since they’re designed to be taken down, this brings the second issue: they tend to be fragile and come down easily, making them fairly ineffective. With only tape or something similar holding them in place, all it takes is a slight nudge or a humid day to dislodge them. And let’s not forget, these temporary treatments tend to look tacky or cheap, and nobody needs that in their home.
This brings us to the alternative: a window treatment that is permanent, beautiful, incredibly durable, and offers the insulating power that those other products could only dream about. That alternative is Polywood® plantation shutters.
Polywood Plantation Shutters:The Best Insulating
There’s no better way to block heat transfer through your windows than by installing Polywood plantation shutters. With thermal protection that blocks up to 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer, these shutters are the ultimate weatherproofing window treatments. What’s more, Polywood is completely moisture-proof, which means it won’t suffer the same way those temporary window insulators will when confronted with humidity.
Additionally, unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an upscale, timeless look that you’ll be proud to show off, no matter the season. The shutters also give you total control with easily adjustable louvers, so as the weather changes day to day, so can your level of insulation.
Choose A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment
If you’re ready to tackle the new season head-on, Sunburst Shutters is here to help. Schedule a free in-home consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 877-786-2877 or find your local store today and we’ll help you make this year the easiest your thermostat has ever had.