Insulating Shutters Improve Orlando Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Todd Hansen The weather is beginning to change in Orlando, which means it’s time to work on those seasonal projects that you’ve had planned. Aside from doing cleanup and sprucing up your house, now’s the time to think about how the changing weather might impact your home in different ways, and what you can do to prepare your house for those changes. Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the place where the changing weather might have the biggest impact is at your windows. Since they’re the primary channels through which light and heat move through your home, managing that airflow with interior plantation shutters is a home maintenance project that can benefit you all year long. How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities If you’re prepping for colder weather, some of the best home maintenance projects have one goal in common: making life easier for your thermostat. Cooler weather makes almost every part of your home work harder, from your heating systems to the plumbing, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your monthly bills in a few ways. There are some easy things you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, like swapping out your furnace filters and adding weatherstripping. But if you don’t attend to your windows, you’ll be neglecting the largest source of energy loss in your home. Common Window Insulators for Low Temperatures Around this time every year it’s common to see stores around Orlando advertising the same winterization products in their aisles: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. Though it’s true that these items are certainly better insulators than nothing, they have some downsides. First off, they’re not permanent - meaning it’s an annual chore to buy them, place them in your home, and take them down once the weather changes again. Because they’re made to be taken down after some time, this brings the second drawback: they tend to be fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them not very effective. With just tape or another adhesive holding them in place, all that’s needed is a small bump or a humid day to bring them down. And keep in mind, these temporary treatments tend to look tacky or cheap, and nobody needs that. This takes us to the alternative: a window treatment which is lasting, stunning, resilient, and offers the insulation that the temporary products can’t. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Orlando’s Best Insulating Window Treatment There isn’t a more efficient way to reduce heat transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the best weatherproofing material, blocking nearly 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. What’s more, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, meaning it doesn’t be affected the same way those temporary window insulators do if confronted with humidity. And unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters offer an upscale, enduring style that you’ll be eager to flaunt, no matter the weather. The easily adjustable louvers give you total control, so as the weather shifts each day, so can your degree of insulation. Get A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Orlando Ready to meet the new season head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Orlando is ready with the assist. Set up an in-home design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 407-630-7011 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the most comfortable your home has ever had.