Insulating Shutters Protect Austin Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Tyler Jorgensen The weather is starting to change in Austin, which means it’s time for those projects around the house that you’ve been thinking about. Beyond just cleaning and sprucing up your home, now’s a great time to think about how the different season might have an effect on your home in other ways, and what you can do to get your home ready for those changes.Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the place where the changing weather might have the greatest effect is at your windows. Because they’re the primary channels through which light and heat come into your home, managing that airflow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you year-round.How Changing Weather Affects Your HomeIf it’s time to start getting ready for colder weather, 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 utility bills in multiple ways.There are some easy things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, like replacing your furnace filters and putting in 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 Each year we 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 better than nothing, they have some disadvantages. For one, they’re temporary - so it’s an annual chore to purchase them, install them, and take them down when the seasons change again.Since they’re made to be taken down after some time, this brings the next issue: they’re usually fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them not terribly efficient. With just 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 remember, these temporary treatments typically look gaudy or shoddy, and nobody wants that in their home.That brings us to the alternative: a window treatment which is lasting, stunning, resilient, and gives your home the insulation that the temporary products never could. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters.Polywood Plantation Shutters: Austin’s Best Window InsulatorThere’s no more effective way to decrease energy transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the best weatherproofing material, able to block nearly 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Additionally, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, meaning it won’t suffer like those temporary window insulators will when they encounter humidity. 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 easy to adjust louvers give you complete control, so as the weather changes each day, so can your degree of insulation.Get A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, AustinIf you’re ready to meet the new season head-on Sunburst Shutters Austin is here with the assist. Schedule a free in-home 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.