Insulating Shutters Improve Phoenix Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Greg Arnett The weather is shifting in Phoenix, which means it’s time to work on those projects around the house that you’ve been putting off. Aside from cleaning and basic fixes around your house, now’s the time to think about how the new season can have an effect on your home in different ways, and what you can do to prepare your house for those changes. From winterizing to spring cleaning, the part of your home where the changing weather may have the greatest effect is at your windows. Since they’re the main ways through which light and heat move through your house, managing that flow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can help you year-round. How Changing Weather Affects Your Home If you’re prepping for fall or winter, some of the best home improvement projects have one common goal: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Cooler weather makes nearly every part of your house work more, from your HVAC systems to the plumbing, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your utilities in a few ways. There are some easy 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 attend to your windows, you’ll be leaving out the number one source of heat transfer in your home. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Each year we see home improvement stores around Phoenix beginning to carry the same winterization items in their aisles: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. Though it’s true that these items are definitely more effective than nothing, they have some drawbacks. For one, they’re temporary - meaning it’s a yearly project to buy them, put them up, and remove them when the temperature changes again. Since they’re supposed to be removed after some time, this brings the next issue: they’re often fragile and come down easily, making them somewhat inefficient. With only tape or another adhesive keeping them in place, all it takes is a small bump or a humid day to remove them. And remember, these temporary treatments usually look tacky or cheap, and nobody needs that. That brings us to the alternative: a window covering which is permanent, beautiful, long-lasting, and gives your home the insulating properties that those other products could only dream about. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Phoenix’s Best Window Insulator There isn’t a better way to decrease energy 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. Moreover, Polywood is completely waterproof, so it won’t be affected the same way those temporary products will if confronted with humidity. And unlike other common winterizing products, plantation shutters offer an upscale, timeless style that you’ll be eager to show off, no matter the weather. The easily adjustable louvers give you total control, so as the climate changes day to day, so can your level of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Phoenix If you’re ready to meet the new season head-on Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is here with the assist. Schedule free design consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 480-485-7743 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the most comfortable your home has ever had.