Polywood® Shutters: Winterizing Your Home
A beautiful year-round solution for seasonal energy conservation
NOVEMBER 2008: Winterizing your home to save on energy bills does not always have to be a seasonal hassle, or one that is repeated year after year. An important way to start preparing for winter weather is to properly insulate your windows, a common escape route for warm air inside your house.
In the past, homeowners have relied on inconvenient and temporary winterizing methods such as unsightly weather stripping, bulky extra insulation, and other less attractive techniques to keep the winter cold outside and the wanted warmth inside. These are quick fixes that need to be updated again and again.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, windows are one of the largest sources of heat loss in the winter due to their low insulating ability and high air leakage rates. As a result, windows are typically net energy losers, and can be responsible for losing 25 to 50 percent of the energy used to heat and cool homes.
Sunburst Shutters® offers homeowners a beautiful and permanent way to create more insulated, energy efficient windows – Polywood® interior shutters.
Polywood is a synthetic material that’s been proven to be more energy efficient than any other window treatment. Third-party thermal conductivity research comparing the energy efficiency of Polywood shutters to that of wood shutters and aluminum mini-blinds found that Polywood shutters are 70 percent more energy efficient than wood shutters and 1,600 percent more energy efficient than aluminum mini-blinds.
Polywood shutters have the appearance of real wood, but without the problems commonly associated with wood shutters such as cracking, warping, and peeling. Polywood is a solid resin that blocks air flow through your windows.
Researchers are not the only ones aware of the energy-saving characteristics of Polywood. Homeowners across the country have had these durable shutters installed to create energy-efficient homes in both hot and cold climates.
Massachusetts resident David Mintz says he saw a 20 percent savings in his energy bill after installing Polywood interior shutters in his home. In a state where winter temperatures regularly reach below freezing, conserving heat is a high priority for most households each winter.
“Bottom line, Polywood shutters have been an amazing investment for our home,” said Mintz. “We have had them for the past two winters, and we spent significantly less on heating bills each year. Plus they are a beautiful addition to every room of the house – we even installed them on our basement windows.”
Mintz also noted that the shutters helped block out light and sound, in addition to the cold winter air. “When the shutters are closed, our room stays pitch black and we don’t hear the sounds of traffic outside – nothing gets through.”
Polywood shutters from Sunburst are the only window treatment to bring classic beauty, value, and energy savings to your home year-round. Instead of weather stripping your windows (or other unsightly winterizing methods) year after year, install interior shutters once to save money on your heating bill this winter. You’ll enjoy their energy efficiency as well as the beauty they ad to your windows. To locate a retail store near you, visit www.sunburstshutters.com.
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Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions offers a variety of window treatments, including its signature product, the Polywood Shutter®. Customers are invited to visit the Sunburst showroom at 6480 W. Flamingo, Suite D, call 367-1600, or visit www.sunburstshutters.com. Sunburst offers a complimentary in-home design consultation can now boast the best customer service in town.
About Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions
Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is headquartered in Las Vegas and has retail stores and dealers in approximately 75 cities across the country. It has been in business since 1978 and has sold more than six million shutters. In addition to shutters, the company offers a full line of window treatments, including blinds, shades, draperies and window films.