Insulating Shutters Help Nashville Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Stefano Diotaiuti The seasons are changing in Nashville, which signals that it’s time for those home improvement projects that you’ve been putting off. Beyond just cleaning and sprucing up your house, now’s a great time to think about the ways in which the changing weather may impact your home in other ways, and what you can do to prepare your house for those changes. Whether you’re winterizing or spring cleaning, the place where the changing weather might have the greatest effect is at your windows. Because they’re the main channels through which light and heat come through your house, controlling that airflow with insulating plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you no matter the season. How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities If it’s time to start prepping for cooler weather, some of the best home maintenance projects have one goal in common: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Colder weather makes nearly every part of your house 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 monthly bills in a number of ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, including changing your furnace filters and adding weatherstripping. But unless you confront your windows, you’re neglecting the number one source of energy loss in your home. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Each year you’ll see home improvement stores around Nashville start stocking the same winterization items in their aisles: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. While these products are certainly better than nothing, they come with some disadvantages. For one, they’re short-term - which means it’s a yearly chore to purchase them, install them, and remove them when the temperature changes again. Since they’re supposed to be taken down after some time, this brings the second drawback: they’re often fragile and come down easily, making them not terribly effective. With only tape or something similar holding them in place, all that’s needed is a slight nudge or a humid day to dislodge them. And let’s not forget, these temporary treatments usually look gaudy or cut-rate, and nobody wants that. That brings us to the alternative: a window covering that’s permanent, beautiful, resilient, and gives your home the insulating properties that the aforementioned products never could. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Nashville’s Most Effective Insulating Window Treatment There isn’t a more effective way to reduce heat transfer through your windows than by installing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the best weatherproofing material, able to block nearly 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. What’s more, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, so it won’t suffer the same way those temporary window insulators will if confronted with humidity. In addition unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an elegant, timeless look that you’ll be proud to show off, no matter the weather. They also give you total control with easy to adjust louvers, so as the weather changes each day, so can your level of insulation. Choose A Truly Energy Efficient Window Covering, Nashville Ready to meet the changing weather head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters Nashville is here with the assist. Arrange free design consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 615-236-8530 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the easiest your home has ever had.