Insulating Shutters Improve Sacramento Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Curtis Orton The weather is beginning to change in Sacramento, which means it’s time to start on those projects around the house that you’ve been putting off. Beyond just doing cleanup and basic fixes around your home, now’s the time to think about the ways in which the new season can impact your house in different ways, and what you can do to get your home ready for those changes. No matter what season is around the corner, the spot where the changing weather might have the biggest impact is at your windows. Since they’re the primary conduits through which light and heat move into your house, controlling that flow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can help you year-round. How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities If it’s time to start getting ready for colder weather, some of the best home maintenance projects have the same goal: helping your thermostat. Colder weather makes nearly every part of your house work more, from your heating systems to the plumbing, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your utility bills in multiple ways. There are some easy things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, like swapping out your furnace filters and putting in weatherstripping. But if you don’t address your windows, you’re leaving out the number one source of energy transfer in your house. Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather Every year you’ll see stores around Sacramento advertising the same winterization products in their aisles: DIY insulators, draft blockers, plastic window wrap, and beyond. Though it’s true that these items are certainly better than nothing, they have a number of drawbacks. First, they’re temporary - so it’s an annual project to purchase them, put them up, and take them down when the weather changes again. Because they’re made to be taken down after some time, this brings the second issue: they tend to be fragile and come down easily, making them not very efficient. With simply tape or something similar keeping them in place, it only needs a small nudge or a humid day to remove them. And keep in mind, these temporary treatments usually look tacky or cheap, and nobody needs that in their home. This takes us to the alternative: a window covering that’s permanent, beautiful, long-lasting, and gives your home the insulation that the temporary products never could. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Sacramento’s Most Effective Window Insulator There isn’t a more effective way to reduce energy transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the best weatherproofing material, blocking up to 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Moreover, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, which means it doesn’t suffer like those temporary products do if they encounter humidity. And unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an elegant, enduring look that you’ll be proud to show off, no matter the weather. The shutters also give you total control with easy to adjust louvers, so as the climate shifts day to day, so can your degree of insulation. Get A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Sacramento Ready to tackle the changing weather head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Sacramento is here with the assist. Schedule an in-home design consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 916-250-0758 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the most comfortable your house has ever had.