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Insulating Shutters Help Austin Homes All Year Long

November 07, 2016
The weather is changing in Austin, which means it’s time to start on those projects around the house that you’ve had planned. Beyond just cleaning and sprucing up your home, now’s the perfect time to think about how the new weather might impact your home in other ways, and what you can do to get your home ready for those changes.

From winterizing to spring cleaning, the place where the changing weather may have the greatest effect is at your windows. Because they’re the primary channels through which light and heat move into your home, managing that airflow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you year-round.

How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities

If you’re getting ready for fall or winter, the most common home maintenance projects have one common goal: making life easier for your thermostat. Cooler weather makes nearly every part of your house work more, from your HVAC systems to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your monthly bills in multiple ways.

There are some easy jobs you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, like replacing your furnace filters and adding weatherstripping. But unless you address your windows, you’ll be neglecting the primary source of energy transfer in your house.

Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather

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Every year it’s common to see home improvement stores near Austin advertising the same winterizing items in their aisles: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. Though it’s true that these products are definitely more effective than nothing, there are some disadvantages. For one, they’re temporary - so it’s an annual chore to purchase them, install them, and take them down when the weather changes again.

Since they’re made to be taken down after some time, this brings the next issue: they tend to be fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them not terribly efficient. With only tape or another adhesive keeping them in place, all that’s needed is a tiny bump or a humid day to bring them down. And don’t forget, these temporary treatments usually look gaudy or cut-rate, and nobody wants that in their home.

That brings us to the alternative: a window treatment which is lasting, stunning, long-lasting, and gives your home the insulation that those other products could only dream about. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters.

Polywood Plantation Shutters: Austin’s Best Window Insulator

There’s no more efficient way to decrease energy transfer through your windows than by choosing 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. Additionally, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, meaning it doesn’t suffer like those temporary products do when they encounter humidity.

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Additionally, unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters offer an elegant, enduring look that you’ll be eager to show off, no matter the weather. The shutters also give you total control with easy to adjust louvers, so as the weather changes each day, so can your degree of insulation.

Get A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Austin

Ready to tackle the new season head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Austin is here with the assist. Schedule an in-home design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 512-549-6077 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the simplest your house has ever had.
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