Insulating Shutters Help Southern California Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Kimball Jones The seasons are starting to change in Southern California, which signals that it’s time for those seasonal projects that you’ve had planned. In addition to cleaning and basic fixes around your home, now’s a great time to think about how the changing season may impact your house in other ways, and what you can do to prepare your house for those changes. From winterizing to spring cleaning, the place where the changing weather may have the greatest effect is at your windows. Because they’re the primary ways through which light and heat move into your home, managing that airflow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you year-round. How Your Home Is Affected By Weather If you’re prepping for fall or winter, the most common home maintenance projects have the same goal: helping your thermostat. Cooler weather makes almost every part of your home work more, from your HVAC systems to the pipes in your house, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your utility bills in a number of ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, such as changing your furnace filters and installing weatherstripping. But if you don’t address your windows, you’ll be skipping over the largest source of heat transfer in your home. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Around this time every year it’s common to see stores near Southern California advertising the same winterizing products in their shops: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. While these items are definitely more effective than nothing, there are some downsides. First off, they’re temporary - meaning it’s a yearly chore to buy them, put them up, and remove them once the weather changes again. Because they’re designed to be removed after some time, this brings the next drawback: they’re often fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them fairly inefficient. With only tape or something similar keeping them in place, all that’s needed is a slight bump or a humid day to dislodge them. And let’s not forget, these temporary treatments typically look gaudy or cut-rate, and nobody wants that. This brings us to the alternative: a window treatment that’s permanent, beautiful, long-lasting, and gives your home the insulating properties that the aforementioned products can’t. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Southern California’s Most Effective Insulating Window Treatment There isn’t a more efficient way to block energy transfer through your windows than by installing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the ultimate weatherproofing material, able to block nearly 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. What’s more, Polywood is completely moisture-proof, meaning it won’t suffer like those temporary window insulators will if they encounter humidity. In addition unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters carry an upscale, enduring style that you’ll be proud to flaunt, no matter what time of year it is. The easy to adjust louvers give you complete control, so as the climate changes day to day, so can your level of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Covering, Southern California If you’re ready to tackle the new season head-on Sunburst Shutters Southern CA is here with the assist. Arrange free design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 888-611-2474 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the coziest your home has ever had.