Insulating Shutters Improve Charlotte Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Neil Blackwelder The weather is changing in Charlotte, which signals that it’s time to start on those home improvement projects that you’ve been putting off. In addition to cleaning and sprucing up your home, now’s the time to think about how the different weather may impact your house in different ways, and how you can prepare your house for those changes. Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the spot where the changing weather may have the biggest impact is at your windows. Since they’re the main ways through which light and heat move through your home, managing that flow with interior plantation shutters is a home maintenance project that can benefit you no matter the season. How Your Home Is Affected By Weather If it’s time to start preparing for cooler weather, some of the best home improvement projects have the same goal: making life easier for your thermostat. Colder weather makes almost every part of your house work harder, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the pipes in your house, and you can ease their burden and your utilities in a few ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as replacing your furnace filters and putting in weatherstripping. But if you don’t address your windows, you’ll be skipping over the number one source of heat loss in your house. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Every year we see home improvement stores near Charlotte beginning to carry the same winterizing products in their aisles: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. Although these items are certainly better insulators than nothing, they have some downsides. For one, they’re short-term - which means it’s a yearly project to buy them, install them, and take them down once the weather changes again. Since they’re supposed to be taken down after some time, this brings the next issue: they’re usually fragile and come down easily, making them somewhat ineffective. With only tape or something similar holding them in place, all it takes is a tiny nudge or a humid day to remove them. And remember, these temporary treatments typically look tacky or shoddy, and nobody wants that in their home. This takes us to the alternative: a window covering which is permanent, stunning, long-lasting, and offers the insulating properties that those other products could only dream about. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Charlotte’s Best Window Insulator There’s no better way to reduce heat transfer through your windows than with Polywood plantation shutters. With thermal protection that blocks nearly 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer, these shutters are the best weatherproofing window treatments. Moreover, Polywood is completely moisture-proof, meaning it doesn’t suffer the same way those temporary products do when they encounter humidity. Additionally, unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an upscale, lasting look that you’ll be eager to flaunt, no matter the season. The shutters also give you total control with easily adjustable louvers, so as the climate changes each day, so can your level of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Charlotte If you’re ready to tackle the changing weather head-on Sunburst Shutters Charlotte is here to help. Set up free design consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 980-231-1116 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the coziest your house has ever had.