Insulating Shutters Improve New York City Homes Year-Round11/07/2016Matt Thelander The weather is starting to change in New York City, which means it’s time for those projects around the house that you’ve been thinking about. In addition to cleaning and basic fixes around your home, now’s the perfect time to think about the ways in which the changing season might have an effect on your house in other ways, and what you can do to get your home ready for those changes. No matter what season is around the corner, the part of your home where the changing weather could have the biggest impact is at your windows. Since they’re the primary channels through which light and heat come into your house, controlling that flow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you no matter the season. How Your Home Is Affected By Weather If it’s time to start preparing for fall or winter, the most common home improvement projects have the same goal: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Lower temperatures make almost every part of your house work harder, from your heating systems to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your monthly bills in multiple ways. There are some simple tasks you can do to help your home stay energy efficient, including adding weatherstripping and replacing your furnace filters. But if you don’t confront your windows, you’ll be leaving out the number one 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 New York City beginning to carry the same winterization items in their aisles: DIY insulators, draft blockers, plastic window wrap, and beyond. Though it’s true that these items are certainly better than nothing, they come with some downsides. First, they’re temporary - meaning it’s a yearly project to purchase them, install them, and take them down once the temperature changes again. Because they’re designed to be removed after some time, this brings the second downside: they tend to be fragile and come down easily, making them not terribly effective. With just tape or another adhesive holding them in place, all it takes is a small bump or a humid day to dislodge them. And remember, these temporary treatments typically look tacky or cut-rate, and nobody needs that in their home. That takes us to the alternative: a window covering which is lasting, eye-catching, long-lasting, and gives your home the insulation that the aforementioned products never could. That alternative is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: New York City’s Best Insulating Window Covering There isn’t a more effective way to block energy transfer through your windows than with Polywood plantation shutters. With thermal protection that is able to block up to 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer, these shutters are the best weatherproofing window treatments. Moreover, Polywood is 100% moisture-proof, so it doesn’t suffer the same way those temporary window insulators do when they encounter humidity. And unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters offer an elegant, lasting style that you’ll be eager to flaunt, no matter what time of year it is. They also give you total control with easy to adjust louvers, so as the climate shifts each day, so can your degree of insulation. Pick A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, New York City If you’re ready to tackle the new season head-on Sunburst Shutters New York is here with the assist. Schedule an in-home design consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 631-246-3930 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the most comfortable your house has ever had.