Insulating Shutters Protect St. George Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Kasey Udy The seasons are beginning to change in St. George, which means it’s time to start on those seasonal projects that you’ve been thinking about. Aside from cleaning and basic fixes around your home, now’s a great time to think about how the changing season may have an effect on your house in other ways, and how you can prepare your house 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 channels through which light and heat come through your house, controlling that flow with insulating plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can help you year-round. How Changing Weather Affects Your Home If it’s time to start getting ready for fall or winter, some of the best home improvement projects have one common goal: helping your thermostat. Colder weather makes nearly every part of your house work harder, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the plumbing, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your utility bills in a number of ways. There are some simple things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, like changing your furnace filters and putting in weatherstripping. But if you don’t attend to your windows, you’ll be leaving out the largest source of heat loss in your home. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Around this time every year it’s common to see stores around St. George advertising the same winterizing items in their shops: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. While these products are definitely better than nothing, there are a number of disadvantages. First off, they’re not permanent - meaning it’s a yearly chore to purchase them, put them up, and take them down once the temperature changes again. Because they’re supposed to be taken down after some time, this brings the second downside: they’re usually fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them not terribly efficient. With simply tape or another adhesive holding them in place, all that’s needed is a slight nudge or a humid day to remove them. And keep in mind, these temporary treatments tend to look tacky or cheap, and nobody needs that in their home. That brings us to the alternative: a window treatment which is lasting, beautiful, incredibly durable, and gives your home the insulation that the temporary products never could. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: St. George’s Most Effective Insulating Window Treatment There isn’t a better way to block energy transfer through your windows than by installing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the ultimate weatherproofing material, blocking up to 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Moreover, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, so it won’t suffer the same way those temporary window insulators will when they encounter humidity. And unlike other common winterizing products, plantation shutters have an elegant, enduring look that you’ll be eager to flaunt, no matter what time of year it is. They also give you total control with easily adjustable louvers, so as the temperature shifts day to day, so can your level of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, St. George If you’re ready to meet the new season head-on Sunburst Shutters St. George is here to help. Set up free design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 435-485-9332 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the coziest your house has ever had.