Insulating Shutters Improve Honolulu Homes All Year Long11/07/2016Darren Wong The seasons are beginning to change in Honolulu, which signals that it’s time to work on those home improvement projects that you’ve had planned. Aside from cleaning and sprucing up your home, now’s the perfect time to think about the ways in which the changing season can have an effect on your house in different ways, and what you can do to best equip your house for those changes. No matter what season is around the corner, the spot where the changing weather may have the biggest impact is at your windows. Since they’re the main conduits through which heat and light pass through your home, controlling that airflow with interior plantation shutters is a home maintenance project that can benefit you all year long. How Your Home Is Affected By Weather If you’re prepping for cooler weather, some of the best home maintenance projects have one goal in common: reducing the workload of your thermostat. Lower temperatures make nearly every part of your house work harder, from your heating and air conditioning systems to the plumbing, and you can ease their burden and your utility bills in multiple ways. There are some simple jobs you can do to improve your home’s energy efficiency, such as replacing your furnace filters and putting in weatherstripping. But if you don’t confront your windows, you’re neglecting the biggest source of energy transfer in your home. Common Window Insulators for Cold Weather Around this time every year it’s common to see stores near Honolulu beginning to carry the same winterizing items on the shelves: plastic window wrap, DIY insulation, draft blockers, and so on. While these items are definitely better insulators than nothing, there are a number of disadvantages. For one, they’re not permanent - so it’s a yearly project to buy them, put them up, and remove them when the seasons change again. Because they’re made to be taken down after some time, this brings the second drawback: they’re usually fragile and are moved out of position easily, making them somewhat ineffective. With just tape or something similar keeping them in place, it just takes a small bump or a humid day to bring them down. And remember, these temporary treatments typically look tacky or shoddy, and nobody wants that in their home. That brings us to the alternative: a window covering that’s permanent, elegant, incredibly durable, and offers the insulating properties that the temporary products can’t. That alternative is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood Plantation Shutters: Honolulu’s Most Effective Window Insulator There isn’t a better way to block heat transfer through your windows than by choosing Polywood plantation shutters. Polywood is the best weatherproofing material, blocking up to 30° of temperature and 45% of heat transfer. Additionally, Polywood is completely waterproof, meaning it doesn’t suffer the same way those temporary products do when confronted with humidity. In addition unlike other common winterizing products, plantation shutters carry an elegant, lasting look that you’ll be proud to flaunt, no matter the weather. The easily adjustable louvers give you complete control, so as the temperature shifts day to day, so can your degree of insulation. Choose A Truly Energy Efficient Window Treatment, Honolulu If you’re ready to meet the changing weather head-on Sunburst Shutters Honolulu is here to help. Set up free design consultation with a Sunburst pro by calling 808-797-2004 or filling out the form below, and we’ll help you make this season the coziest your house has ever had.