Insulating Shutters Protect Jacksonville Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Kevin McCormack The weather is changing in Jacksonville, which means it’s time for those projects around the house that you’ve been thinking about. In addition to doing cleanup and sprucing up your house, now’s a great time to think about how the new weather can have an effect on your home in different ways, and how you can 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 greatest effect is at your windows. Because they’re the primary ways through which light and heat come into your house, controlling that airflow with insulating plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you no matter the season. How Your Home Is Affected By Weather If you’re getting ready for fall or winter, the most common home maintenance projects have one goal in common: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Colder weather makes nearly every part of your home work harder, from your HVAC systems to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your utility bills in multiple ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, like replacing your furnace filters and adding weatherstripping. But if you don’t address your windows, you’ll be neglecting the largest source of heat transfer in your house. Common Window Insulators for Cool Weather Every year you’ll see home improvement stores around Jacksonville beginning to carry the same winterization products in their shops: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. Although these products are certainly better insulators than nothing, they come with a number of disadvantages. First off, they’re short-term - meaning it’s a yearly project to buy them, place them in your home, and take them down when the seasons change again. Because they’re made to be taken down after some time, this brings the second downside: they’re usually fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them fairly ineffective. With only tape or another adhesive keeping them in place, all that’s needed is a small nudge or a humid day to bring them down. And don’t forget, these temporary treatments usually look tacky or shoddy, and nobody wants that in their home. This brings us to the alternative: a window covering which is permanent, eye-catching, long-lasting, and gives your home the insulation that the temporary products could only dream about. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Jacksonville’s Best Insulating Window Covering There’s no better way to reduce energy transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. With thermal protection that is able to block nearly 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer, these shutters are the best weatherproofing window treatments. What’s more, Polywood is completely moisture-proof, meaning it won’t suffer the same way those temporary products will when they encounter humidity. And unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters carry an upscale, enduring style that you’ll be eager to flaunt, no matter what time of year it is. The easily adjustable louvers give you total control, so as the climate changes day to day, so can your degree of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Jacksonville If you’re ready to meet the changing weather head-on Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville is here to help. Arrange free design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 904-289-1663 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the most comfortable your house has ever had.