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Keep Summer Heat Outside with Shutters Inside

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From the intense dry heat of the Southwest to the hot, humid climate of the East Coast and Midwest, summer means battling the heat! This time of year, homeowners across the country are fighting to lower air conditioning bills, protect furniture from the harsh rays of the sun, and keep their families cool and comfortable.

The latest trend in home decorating can solve all three problems: interior shutters made from Polywood, an engineered wood substitute. Polywood is a synthetic material that insulates against the summer heat and blocks the sun from entering the home better than any other window covering. Available exclusively through Sunburst Shutters and its licensed dealers, the shutters will not fade, warp, crack or discolor when exposed to extreme heat.

Shutters are not only a beautiful addition to any home’s decor, but they are practical as well. They provide a barrier between heat entering the home and cool air leaving it. Here are three ways that the right shutters can help beat the heat this summer while making your home look beautiful.

* As the cost of power increases, homeowners search for more ways to cut back on their electric bills. Dix Jarman, CEO of Sunburst Shutters, the country’s largest shutter manufacturer, says that Polywood shutters are one way to increase the efficiency of a home’s air conditioning system.

“We have conducted studies on the insulating properties of Polywood compared to blinds, drapes, shades and other shutters,” says Jarman. “When it comes to keeping out summer heat, Polywood consistently outperforms every window treatment.”

Polywood has been tested to be 70 percent more energy efficient than wood shutters and 1600 percent more energy efficient than aluminum mini-blinds.

Additional insulation against the sun’s rays equates to real savings in summer cooling bills. Just ask Kelly Wagner of Las Vegas.

“Over the past five years that we’ve had Polywood shutters in our home, the cost of power in Las Vegas has gone up and up,” says Wagner. “We’ve noticed that with shutters on nearly every window, instead of going up, our air conditioning costs have stayed the same.”

* Harsh summer light can cause permanent damage to carpets and furniture by fading colors and patterns. Shutters block out these rays almost completely, unlike curtains or blinds that only provide partial coverage.

“The carpet beneath our windows that have Polywood shutters has remained a dark hunter green, while the areas that do not have shutters have faded to a light turquoise color,” said Wagner. “Closing the shutters during the hottest time of the day has saved our carpet.”

Jarman says long-term fade protection for carpet and furniture is one of the benefits Polywood customers report years after installing shutters.

“People invest thousands of dollars into carpet and furniture, only to let them be ruined from sun streaming through their windows,” says Jarman. “Once homeowners notice the effects, it’s too late. Shutters are a beautiful way to protect furniture from fading right now.”

* With Polywood shutters your home can be an oasis against the summer heat. Coming home to a cool, comfortable room is a calming experience after a long summer day. The white, crisp look of Polywood shutters, coupled with their cooling influence against the sun, creates a comfortable atmosphere for any family to enjoy.

Phoenix resident Chad Taylor said, “When I took down my blinds and replaced them with Sunburst Shutters, I could feel an immediate difference in the temperature of the room.”

Many families avoid using certain rooms in the summer that get direct sunlight during the day and become uncomfortably hot. Installing interior shutters helps homeowners reclaim these rooms during the warmest months of the year.

So as you aim to fight back at the summer sun, remember that windows are a major conduit of heat transfer into your home.

Choose the right window treatment and you’ll be much cooler this summer.

Courtesy of ARA Content

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