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Insulating Shutters Improve Chicago Homes All Year Long

November 07, 2016
The seasons are changing in Chicago, which signals that it’s time for those seasonal projects that you’ve been putting off. In addition to cleaning and sprucing up your home, now’s the perfect time to think about how the different season can have an effect on your house in other ways, and how you can prepare your house for those changes.

No matter what season is around the corner, the place where the changing weather might have the greatest effect is at your windows. Because they’re the primary conduits through which light and heat pass into your house, managing 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 prepping for colder weather, the most common home improvement projects have the same goal: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Lower temperatures make nearly every part of your home work more, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your monthly bills in a number of ways.

There are some easy things you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, such as replacing your furnace filters and putting in weatherstripping. But if you don’t attend to your windows, you’re leaving out the largest source of heat loss in your house.

Common Window Insulators for Cool Weather

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Every year you’ll see home improvement stores near Chicago advertising the same winterizing products in their shops: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. Though it’s true that these items are certainly better insulators than nothing, they come with some downsides. For one, they’re temporary - so it’s an annual chore to buy them, put them up, and remove them once the seasons change again.

Because they’re made to be taken down after some time, this brings the second downside: they’re usually fragile and come down easily, making them not terribly efficient. With only tape or another adhesive keeping them in place, it just takes a small bump or a humid day to remove them. And remember, these temporary treatments usually look tacky or cut-rate, and nobody wants that in their home.

This brings us to the alternative: a window treatment which is permanent, elegant, long-lasting, and gives your home the insulating properties that those other products could only dream about. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters.

Polywood Plantation Shutters: Chicago’s Best Insulating Window Covering

There’s no more efficient way to reduce heat transfer through your windows than by installing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the best weatherproofing material, blocking nearly 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Moreover, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, so it doesn’t be affected like those temporary products do when they encounter humidity.

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And unlike other common winterizing products, plantation shutters carry an elegant, lasting style that you’ll be proud to show off, 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 level of insulation.

Choose A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Chicago

Ready to tackle the changing weather head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Chicago is ready with the assist. Schedule a free in-home consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 847-250-6544 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the simplest your home has ever had.
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