Insulating Shutters Improve Chicago Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Richard Rampton The seasons are starting to change in Chicago, which signals that it’s time to start on those seasonal projects that you’ve been putting off. In addition to cleaning and sprucing up your home, now’s a great time to think about how the new season might have an effect on your house in other ways, and how you can best equip your house for those changes. No matter what season is around the corner, the place where the changing weather may 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 interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can help you all year long. How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities If it’s time to start preparing for colder weather, the most common home improvement projects have the same goal: helping your thermostat. Lower temperatures make nearly every part of your home work more, from your heating 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 confront your windows, you’re leaving out the largest source of heat loss in your house. Common Window Insulators for Cool Weather Each 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. Although these items are certainly better insulators than nothing, they come with some disadvantages. First off, they’re temporary - so it’s an annual chore to buy them, place them in your home, and remove them once the seasons change again. Because they’re supposed to be taken down after some time, this brings the second downside: they tend to be 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 typically look tacky or shoddy, and nobody wants that in their home. This brings us to the alternative: a window treatment which is permanent, elegant, resilient, and gives your home the insulating properties that those other products never could. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Chicago’s Best Insulating Window Covering There’s no more effective way to reduce heat transfer through your windows than with Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the best weatherproofing material, blocking nearly 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. What’s more, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, which means it doesn’t be affected like those temporary products do if they encounter humidity. And unlike other common winterizing products, plantation shutters have an elegant, enduring 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. Set up 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.