Insulating Shutters Protect Boston Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Holly Perron The weather is changing in Boston, which means it’s time to start on those projects around the house that you’ve had planned. Aside from doing cleanup and sprucing up your home, now’s the perfect time to think about how the new weather can affect your home in different ways, and how you can get your home ready for those changes. From winterizing to spring cleaning, the part of your home where the changing weather could have the biggest impact is at your windows. Because they’re the main channels through which heat and light move into your house, controlling that flow with insulating plantation shutters is a home maintenance project that can benefit you all year long. How Your Home Is Affected By Weather If it’s time to start prepping for cooler weather, some of the best home improvement projects have one common goal: helping your thermostat. Cooler weather makes nearly every part of your house work harder, from your HVAC systems to the pipes in your house, and you can ease their burden and your monthly bills in a number of ways. There are some easy jobs you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, like swapping out your furnace filters and adding weatherstripping. But if you don’t confront your windows, you’ll be leaving out the primary source of heat loss in your house. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Every year we see home improvement stores around Boston start stocking the same winterizing items in their shops: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. While these items are certainly better insulators than nothing, they have some downsides. First, they’re not permanent - so it’s an annual chore to buy them, place them in your home, and take them down when the weather changes again. Because they’re made to be taken down after some time, this brings the next downside: they’re often fragile and come down easily, making them fairly inefficient. With only tape or something similar keeping them in place, all it takes is a small nudge or a humid day to bring them down. And keep in mind, these temporary treatments tend to look gaudy or cut-rate, and nobody wants that in their home. That takes us to the alternative: a window treatment which is lasting, eye-catching, incredibly durable, and gives your home the insulating properties that the temporary products can’t. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Boston’s Best Window Insulator There isn’t a better way to block heat transfer through your windows than with 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. Additionally, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, meaning it doesn’t suffer the same way those temporary products do if confronted with humidity. In addition unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters carry an upscale, lasting look that you’ll be eager to show off, no matter the weather. The easy to adjust louvers give you total control, so as the climate shifts each day, so can your level of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Boston Ready to tackle the changing weather head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Boston is ready to help. Arrange a free in-home consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 781-352-2205 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the easiest your home has ever had.