Insulating Shutters Improve Raleigh Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Blake Jarman The seasons are changing in Raleigh, which signals that it’s time for those projects around the house that you’ve had planned. Beyond just doing cleanup and basic fixes around your home, now’s a great time to think about the ways in which the changing weather can affect your house in other ways, and what you can do to best equip your house for those changes. Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the part of your home where the changing weather could have the biggest impact is at your windows. Because they’re the primary channels through which light and heat pass through your house, controlling that airflow with insulating plantation shutters is a home maintenance project that can help you no matter the season. How Changing Weather Affects Your Home If it’s time to start getting ready for colder weather, the most common home maintenance projects have one common goal: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Lower temperatures make nearly every part of your house work more, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the pipes in your house, and you can ease their burden and your monthly bills in multiple ways. There are some simple tasks you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, like installing weatherstripping and changing your furnace filters. But unless you attend to your windows, you’ll be neglecting the biggest source of energy loss in your home. Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather Around this time every year you’ll see stores near Raleigh start stocking the same winterizing items on the shelves: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. Although these products are definitely better than nothing, there are a number of disadvantages. First, they’re temporary - which means it’s a yearly chore to buy them, put them up, and remove them when the weather changes again. Since they’re made to be removed after some time, this brings the second downside: they’re often fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them somewhat ineffective. With only tape or something similar holding them in place, it only needs a small nudge or a humid day to bring them down. And remember, these temporary treatments typically look tacky or cut-rate, and nobody needs that in their home. This brings us to the alternative: a window treatment that’s permanent, beautiful, long-lasting, and offers the insulating properties that the temporary products could only dream about. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Raleigh’s Most Effective Insulating Window Covering There isn’t a more effective way to decrease energy transfer through your windows than by installing Polywood plantation shutters. With thermal protection that blocks up to 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer, these shutters are the best weatherproofing window treatments. Additionally, Polywood is completely waterproof, meaning it doesn’t be affected the same way those temporary window insulators do if they encounter humidity. And unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an upscale, enduring look that you’ll be proud to flaunt, no matter the season. The shutters also give you total control with easily adjustable louvers, so as the weather shifts each day, so can your level of insulation. Choose A Truly Energy Efficient Window Covering, Raleigh Ready to tackle the new season head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Raleigh is ready with the assist. Schedule a free in-home consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 919-887-9198 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the easiest your house has ever had.