Insulating Shutters Improve Fort Myers Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Charlie Cole and Brady Parker The weather is starting to change in Fort Myers, which signals that it’s time to start on those projects around the house that you’ve been putting off. In addition to doing cleanup and basic fixes around your home, now’s a great time to think about how the changing season can have an effect on your home in different ways, and how you can get your home ready for those changes. Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the spot where the changing weather might have the biggest impact is at your windows. Because they’re the primary channels through which light and heat come into your home, controlling that airflow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you year-round. How Changing Weather Affects Your Home If you’re preparing for colder weather, some of the best home improvement projects have the same goal: helping your thermostat. Colder weather makes almost every part of your home work more, from your heating systems to the pipes in your house, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your utilities in a few ways. There are some simple tasks 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 address your windows, you’ll be skipping over the primary source of energy transfer in your house. Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather Each year we see stores near Fort Myers beginning to carry the same winterization products on the shelves: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. Though it’s true that these products are certainly better than nothing, they come with some downsides. First, they’re short-term - meaning it’s a yearly project to purchase them, put them up, and take them down when the seasons change again. Since they’re designed to be taken down after some time, this brings the next issue: they’re usually fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them somewhat ineffective. With only tape or something similar keeping them in place, it just takes a small nudge or a humid day to bring them down. And keep in mind, these temporary treatments tend to look tacky or shoddy, and nobody needs that. That takes us to the alternative: a window covering which is permanent, gorgeous, resilient, and offers the insulation that the aforementioned products never could. That window covering is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Fort Myers’s Best Insulating Window Treatment There’s no better way to decrease 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 ultimate weatherproofing window treatments. What’s more, Polywood is completely moisture-proof, meaning it doesn’t be affected the same way those temporary products do if confronted with humidity. Additionally, unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters offer an elegant, lasting style that you’ll be proud to show off, no matter what time of year it is. The shutters also give you total control with easily adjustable louvers, so as the climate shifts day to day, so can your level of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Covering, Fort Myers Ready to meet the new season head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers is ready with the assist. Schedule a free in-home consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 239-208-6577 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the most comfortable your house has ever had.