Insulating Shutters Improve New Brunswick Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Mike Horn The seasons are starting to change in New Brunswick, which signals that it’s time for those home improvement projects that you’ve been thinking about. Beyond just doing cleanup and basic fixes around your home, now’s the perfect time to think about how the new season might have an effect on your house in other ways, and how you can prepare your house for those changes. No matter what season is around the corner, the spot where the changing weather could have the greatest effect is at your windows. Since they’re the primary channels through which light and heat move into your house, managing that airflow with insulating plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can benefit you all year long. How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities If it’s time to start preparing for fall or winter, the most common home maintenance projects have one goal in common: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Colder weather makes almost every part of your home work more, from your heating systems to the plumbing, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your utility bills in a few ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as replacing your furnace filters and installing weatherstripping. But unless you address your windows, you’re neglecting the largest source of energy transfer in your house. Common Window Insulators for Fall and Winter Around this time every year you’ll see stores around New Brunswick advertising the same winterization items in their shops: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. Although these items are certainly more effective than nothing, they come with some downsides. First, they’re temporary - meaning it’s a yearly chore to buy them, install them, and remove them when the seasons change again. Since they’re made to be removed after some time, this brings the next issue: they tend to be fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them not very efficient. With simply tape or another adhesive holding them in place, all it takes is a tiny bump or a humid day to dislodge them. And remember, these temporary treatments usually look gaudy or shoddy, and nobody needs that in their home. That takes us to the alternative: a window treatment which is permanent, beautiful, incredibly durable, and offers the insulating properties that the aforementioned products never could. That window treatment is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: New Brunswick’s Most Effective Insulating Window Covering There isn’t a more effective way to reduce heat transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the ultimate weatherproofing material, blocking nearly 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Additionally, Polywood is completely moisture-proof, which means it doesn’t be affected like those temporary products do if they encounter humidity. Additionally, 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 day to day, so can your degree of insulation. Choose A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, New Brunswick Ready to tackle the changing weather head-on? Then Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick is ready with the assist. Set up free design consultation with a Sunburst expert by calling 732-301-6168 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the easiest your home has ever had.