Insulating Shutters Improve Cincinnati Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Lisa Renee Nieberding The weather is shifting in Cincinnati, which means it’s time to work on those projects around the house that you’ve been putting off. In addition to cleaning and sprucing up your house, now’s the time to think about the ways in which the changing season can have an effect on your home in different ways, and what you can do to get your home ready for those changes. Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the part of your home where the changing weather could have the biggest impact is at your windows. Since they’re the primary conduits through which light and heat move through your home, controlling that airflow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you no matter the season. How Changing Weather Affects Your Home If it’s time to start preparing for colder weather, some of the best home maintenance projects have one goal in common: making life easier for your thermostat. Lower temperatures make almost every part of your home work harder, from your HVAC systems to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your utilities in a few ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, such as changing your furnace filters and installing weatherstripping. But if you don’t confront your windows, you’ll be leaving out the largest source of heat transfer in your house. Common Window Insulators for Low Temperatures Every year you’ll see stores near Cincinnati start stocking the same winterizing items on the shelves: DIY insulators, draft blockers, plastic window wrap, and beyond. Although these items are definitely better than nothing, they come with some drawbacks. First off, they’re temporary - which means it’s a yearly project to buy them, put them up, and remove them when the weather changes again. Because they’re supposed to be taken down after some time, this brings the second downside: they’re often fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them somewhat inefficient. With just tape or another adhesive holding them in place, all that’s needed is a tiny nudge or a humid day to remove them. And remember, these temporary treatments tend to look tacky or shoddy, and nobody wants that in their home. That brings us to the alternative: a window treatment which is permanent, stunning, resilient, and offers the insulating properties that those other products can’t. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Cincinnati’s Most Effective Insulating Window Treatment There’s no better way to decrease energy transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the ultimate weatherproofing material, blocking nearly 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Additionally, Polywood is 100% waterproof, so it won’t suffer like those temporary products will when they encounter humidity. And unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters offer an elegant, timeless style that you’ll be proud to show off, no matter what time of year it is. The shutters also give you total control with easily adjustable louvers, so as the temperature changes each day, so can your level of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Cincinnati Ready to meet the changing weather head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati is here with the assist. Arrange free design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 513-216-9740 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the easiest your house has ever had.