Insulating Shutters Help Detroit Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Steve Hill The weather is starting to change in Detroit, which signals that it’s time to work on those home improvement projects that you’ve been thinking about. Aside from cleaning and sprucing up your home, now’s a great time to think about how the new season can affect your house in other ways, and what you can do to best equip your house 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 conduits through which light and heat come into your house, managing that flow with interior plantation shutters is a home maintenance project that can help you no matter the season. How Changing Weather Affects Your Home If you’re preparing for colder weather, the most common home maintenance projects have one common goal: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Colder weather makes nearly every part of your house work more, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the pipes in your house, and you can ease their burden and your monthly bills in multiple ways. There are some easy things you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as replacing your furnace filters and putting in weatherstripping. But unless you confront your windows, you’re leaving out the largest source of heat transfer in your home. Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather Around this time every year it’s common to see home improvement stores near Detroit advertising the same winterization items on the shelves: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. While these items are definitely better than nothing, they come with some downsides. For one, they’re short-term - so it’s an annual chore to purchase them, put them up, and remove them when the weather changes again. Because they’re supposed to be taken down after some time, this brings the next issue: they tend to be fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them somewhat ineffective. With simply tape or another adhesive keeping them in place, it only needs a small nudge or a humid day to bring them down. And keep in mind, these temporary treatments usually look gaudy or shoddy, and nobody needs that in their home. This brings us to the alternative: a window treatment which is lasting, eye-catching, long-lasting, and offers the insulating properties that the temporary products can’t. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Detroit’s Best Window Insulator There isn’t a better way to reduce heat transfer through your windows than with Polywood plantation shutters. With thermal protection that is able to block nearly 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer, these shutters are the best weatherproofing window treatments. Moreover, Polywood is completely waterproof, which means it doesn’t be affected like those temporary window insulators do if they encounter humidity. And unlike other common winterizing products, plantation shutters have an upscale, timeless look that you’ll be eager to flaunt, no matter the weather. The easy to adjust louvers give you total control, so as the weather changes day to day, so can your level of insulation. Choose A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Detroit Ready to meet the changing weather head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Detroit is ready to help. Set up free design consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 248-429-9294 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the simplest your house has ever had.