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Insulating Shutters Protect Houston Homes Year-Round

November 07, 2016
The seasons are beginning to change in Houston, which signals that it’s time for those seasonal projects that you’ve been thinking about. Beyond just doing cleanup and sprucing up your house, now’s a great time to think about how the different weather may affect your home in other ways, and what you can do to prepare your house for those changes.

Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the part of your home where the changing weather may have the biggest impact is at your windows. Because they’re the main conduits through which light and heat come into your home, managing that airflow with insulating plantation shutters is a home maintenance project that can help you year-round.

How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities

If you’re prepping for cooler weather, the most common home maintenance projects have the same goal: helping your thermostat. Lower temperatures make nearly every part of your home work harder, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your utilities in multiple ways.

There are some simple tasks you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, including changing your furnace filters and putting in weatherstripping. But if you don’t confront your windows, you’re skipping over the number one source of heat loss in your house.

Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather

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Every year you’ll see stores around Houston start stocking the same winterization items on the shelves: DIY insulators, draft blockers, plastic window wrap, and beyond. Although these items are certainly better than nothing, they come with a number of downsides. First, they’re temporary - so it’s an annual project to purchase them, put them up, and remove them when the temperature changes again.

Because they’re made to be removed after some time, this brings the next drawback: they tend to be fragile and come down easily, making them fairly inefficient. With simply tape or something similar keeping them in place, all it takes is a tiny nudge or a humid day to remove them. And remember, these temporary treatments tend to look tacky or cheap, and nobody needs that in their home.

That brings us to the alternative: a window covering that’s permanent, beautiful, incredibly durable, and offers the insulating properties that the temporary products can’t. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters.

Polywood Plantation Shutters: Houston’s Best Window Insulator

There’s no better way to decrease energy transfer through your windows than by installing Polywood plantation shutters. With thermal protection that is able to block up to 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer, these shutters are the ultimate weatherproofing window treatments. Moreover, Polywood is completely waterproof, which means it won’t suffer the same way those temporary window insulators will if they encounter humidity.

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Additionally, unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an upscale, timeless style that you’ll be proud to flaunt, no matter the weather. The easy to adjust louvers give you total control, so as the climate changes each day, so can your level of insulation.

Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Covering, Houston

If you’re ready to meet the new season head-on Sunburst Shutters Houston is here with the assist. Arrange free design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 713-853-9629 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the coziest your house has ever had.
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