Insulating Shutters Improve Gainesville Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Eric Ramsey The weather is beginning to change in Gainesville, which means it’s time for those projects around the house that you’ve had planned. Beyond just cleaning and basic fixes around your house, now’s the time to think about how the new season may have an effect on your home in other ways, and what you can do to best equip your house for those changes. No matter what season is around the corner, the place where the changing weather might have the greatest effect is at your windows. Since they’re the main channels through which heat and light move into your home, managing that flow with insulating plantation shutters is a home maintenance project that can benefit you year-round. How Your Home Is Affected By Weather If it’s time to start preparing for fall or winter, the most common home improvement projects have one goal in common: helping your thermostat. Cooler weather makes nearly every part of your home work more, from your HVAC systems to the pipes in your house, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your monthly bills in a number of ways. There are some easy tasks you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, such as changing your furnace filters and adding weatherstripping. But if you don’t address your windows, you’ll be neglecting the primary source of heat loss in your house. Common Window Insulators for Cool Weather Around this time every year we see stores near Gainesville beginning to carry the same winterization products in their aisles: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. While these products are certainly better insulators than nothing, there are a number of drawbacks. First, they’re temporary - which means it’s an annual chore to purchase them, place them in your home, and remove them when the weather changes again. Since they’re supposed to be removed after some time, this brings the second issue: they tend to be fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them not terribly effective. With only tape or something similar keeping them in place, it only needs a tiny nudge or a humid day to dislodge them. And keep in mind, these temporary treatments typically look tacky or cheap, and nobody wants that. This takes us to the alternative: a window covering which is lasting, beautiful, long-lasting, and gives your home the insulation that the aforementioned products could only dream about. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Gainesville’s Most Effective Insulating Window Covering There’s no more effective way to decrease heat transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the ultimate weatherproofing material, able to block nearly 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Additionally, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, so it won’t suffer the same way those temporary window insulators will if they encounter humidity. And unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an upscale, enduring style that you’ll be eager to flaunt, no matter what time of year it is. The easy to adjust louvers give you total control, so as the climate shifts each day, so can your level of insulation. Get A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Gainesville If you’re ready to tackle the new season head-on Sunburst Shutters Gainesville is here to help. Set up an in-home design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 813-602-5966 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the most comfortable your house has ever had.