Insulating Shutters Help Philadelphia Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Holly Perron The seasons are shifting in Philadelphia, which means it’s time to start on those projects around the house that you’ve been thinking about. Aside from doing cleanup and sprucing up your house, now’s the perfect time to think about the ways in which the changing weather might have an effect on your house in other ways, and what you can do to prepare your house for those changes. No matter what season is around the corner, the spot where the changing weather could have the greatest effect is at your windows. Because they’re the primary ways through which heat and light pass into your home, managing that flow with insulating plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can help you year-round. How Changing Weather Affects Your Home If you’re prepping for fall or winter, the most common home maintenance projects have one goal in common: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Cooler weather makes nearly every part of your home work more, from your heating systems to the pipes in your house, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your utility bills in a number of ways. There are some easy tasks you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as putting in weatherstripping and replacing your furnace filters. But unless you confront your windows, you’re skipping over the number one source of heat loss in your house. Common Window Insulators for Low Temperatures Every year we see stores around Philadelphia start stocking the same winterizing products on the shelves: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. Though it’s true that these items are certainly more effective than nothing, they have a number of downsides. For one, they’re not permanent - which means it’s a yearly chore to purchase them, put them up, and remove them once the temperature changes again. Since they’re designed to be removed after some time, this brings the second issue: they’re often fragile and come down easily, making them somewhat inefficient. With only tape or something similar holding them in place, all that’s needed is a tiny nudge or a humid day to bring them down. And let’s not forget, these temporary treatments typically look gaudy or cut-rate, and nobody wants that. This brings us to the alternative: a window covering which is permanent, beautiful, long-lasting, and offers the insulation that the aforementioned products can’t. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Philadelphia’s Best Insulating Window Covering There’s no more efficient way to decrease energy transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the ultimate weatherproofing material, able to block nearly 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Additionally, Polywood is completely waterproof, so it doesn’t be affected like those temporary window insulators do when they encounter humidity. And unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an upscale, timeless style that you’ll be eager to show off, no matter what time of year it is. The easy to adjust louvers give you complete control, so as the climate shifts each day, so can your level of insulation. Get A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Philadelphia If you’re ready to meet the changing weather head-on Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia is here with the assist. Schedule an in-home design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 215-874-4897 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the easiest your home has ever had.