Insulating Shutters Help Miami Homes All Year Long11/07/2016David White The seasons are changing in Miami, which signals that it’s time to work on those home improvement projects that you’ve had planned. Beyond just doing cleanup and sprucing up your home, now’s the time to think about the ways in which the new season may affect your house in other ways, and what you can do to get your home ready for those changes. From winterizing to spring cleaning, the spot where the changing weather may have the biggest impact is at your windows. Since they’re the main ways through which light and heat move into your home, controlling that airflow 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 preparing for fall or winter, the most common home maintenance projects have one common goal: making life easier for your thermostat. Lower temperatures make nearly every part of your house work harder, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your utility bills in a number of ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, like installing weatherstripping and swapping out your furnace filters. But if you don’t confront your windows, you’ll be leaving out the biggest source of heat loss in your home. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Every year you’ll see stores around Miami advertising the same winterizing products on the shelves: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. While these items are definitely better insulators than nothing, they come with some disadvantages. First off, they’re short-term - so it’s an annual project to purchase them, install them, and take them down once the weather changes again. Since they’re supposed to be taken down after some time, this brings the next drawback: they tend to be fragile and come down easily, making them not terribly efficient. With just tape or another adhesive keeping them in place, all it takes is a small nudge or a humid day to remove them. And keep in mind, these temporary treatments typically look tacky or shoddy, and nobody needs that. That takes us to the alternative: a window covering which is permanent, stunning, incredibly durable, and offers the insulation that the temporary products can’t. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Miami’s Best Window Insulator There’s no more effective way to decrease energy transfer through your windows than by installing 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 ultimate weatherproofing window treatments. What’s more, Polywood is 100% waterproof, meaning it won’t be affected the same way those temporary window insulators will if confronted with humidity. In addition unlike other common winterizing products, plantation shutters have an elegant, timeless look that you’ll be eager to show off, no matter what time of year it is. They also give you total control with easy to adjust louvers, so as the weather changes each day, so can your degree of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Covering, Miami Ready to tackle the new season head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Miami is here to help. Schedule an in-home design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 305-520-7515 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the coziest your home has ever had.