Insulating Shutters Improve Boise Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Spencer Madsen The weather is shifting in Boise, which signals that it’s time for those home improvement projects that you’ve had planned. Aside from doing cleanup and sprucing up your home, now’s the time to think about the ways in which the different season can impact your home in other ways, and how you can best equip your house for those changes. From winterizing to spring cleaning, the spot where the changing weather may have the greatest effect is at your windows. Because they’re the main conduits through which light and heat move into your home, controlling that flow with insulating plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can help you no matter the season. How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities If you’re prepping for colder weather, the most common home improvement projects have one goal in common: making life easier for your thermostat. Cooler weather makes almost every part of your house work harder, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the pipes in your house, and you can ease their burden and your utility bills in a few ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as putting in weatherstripping and changing your furnace filters. But unless you confront your windows, you’re neglecting the number one source of heat loss in your house. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Each year we see stores near Boise start stocking the same winterization items in their shops: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. Although these products are certainly more effective than nothing, they come with a number of disadvantages. First off, they’re not permanent - meaning it’s an annual project to purchase them, install them, and take them down once the temperature changes again. Because they’re designed to be removed after some time, this brings the second issue: they’re often fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them not terribly efficient. With only tape or something similar holding them in place, it only needs a tiny nudge or a humid day to remove them. And remember, these temporary treatments typically look gaudy or shoddy, and nobody needs that in their home. This takes us to the alternative: a window covering which is permanent, stunning, long-lasting, and offers the insulation that the temporary products can’t. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Boise’s Most Effective Insulating Window Covering There isn’t a better way to reduce heat transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the best weatherproofing material, blocking up to 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Additionally, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, so it doesn’t suffer the same way those temporary window insulators do when confronted with humidity. In addition unlike other common winterizing products, plantation shutters have an upscale, timeless style that you’ll be proud to flaunt, no matter the weather. The shutters also give you total control with easy to adjust louvers, so as the temperature changes day to day, so can your degree of insulation. Get A Truly Energy Efficient Window Covering, Boise Ready to meet the new season head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions is ready to help. Set up free design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 208-609-9129 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the simplest your house has ever had.