Insulating Shutters Protect San Jose Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Curtis Orton The weather is shifting in San Jose, which signals that it’s time to work on those projects around the house that you’ve had planned. Beyond just cleaning and sprucing up your house, now’s a great time to think about how the changing season might have an effect on your home 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 place where the changing weather may have the biggest impact is at your windows. Because they’re the main ways through which light and heat move through your house, managing that airflow with interior plantation shutters is a home improvement project that can help you all year long. How Weather Affects Your Home And Utilities If it’s time to start prepping for colder weather, the most common home improvement projects have one goal in common: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Cooler weather makes nearly every part of your house work harder, from your HVAC systems to the plumbing, and you can lower the stress put on them as well as your monthly bills in a number of ways. There are some simple tasks you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as changing your furnace filters and adding weatherstripping. But if you don’t confront your windows, you’ll be leaving out the number one source of energy transfer in your house. Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather Around this time every year we see stores near San Jose beginning to carry the same winterizing items in their shops: draft blockers, plastic window wrap, insulation and more. Although these items are certainly more effective than nothing, they come with a number of disadvantages. For one, they’re short-term - meaning it’s a yearly project to purchase them, install them, and remove them once the temperature changes again. Because they’re supposed to be taken down after some time, this brings the next downside: they’re usually fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them fairly inefficient. With only tape or another adhesive keeping them in place, it only needs a tiny bump or a humid day to bring them down. And don’t forget, these temporary treatments usually look tacky or cut-rate, and nobody needs that. That takes us to the alternative: a window treatment which is lasting, eye-catching, long-lasting, and offers the insulating properties that the temporary products could only dream about. That alternative is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: San Jose’s Most Effective Insulating Window Covering 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 up to 30 degrees of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Moreover, Polywood is completely moisture-proof, which means it doesn’t suffer like those temporary products do if they encounter humidity. In addition unlike temporary window treatments, plantation shutters have an elegant, lasting look that you’ll be eager to flaunt, no matter the season. The shutters also give you total control with easy to adjust louvers, so as the climate shifts each day, so can your degree of insulation. Choose A Truly Energy Efficient Window Covering, San Jose If you’re ready to tackle the changing weather head-on Sunburst Shutters San Jose is here with the assist. Schedule an in-home design consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 916-542-1305 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this year the coziest your house has ever had.