Midwest Weather Is Random – Be Sure Your Window Treatments Can Handle It

Bill Burke

In IN and throughout the Midwest we experience actual seasons. That means that unlike other regions, the Midwest gets the worst of both summer and winter, from scorching hot temperatures to chilling cold. That’s why you need reliable window treatments in your Indianapolis home that will put in work all no matter the season.

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These are Sunburst’s picks for window treatments that can help you weather the Midwest climate.

Window Treatments To Handle The Midwest Winter

When winter hits IN, you know what to expect: dangerous roads, red faces, and freezing temperatures. And unless your home is properly insulated, you’ll be feeling those cold temperatures inside as well. Instead of buying that cheap-looking and hard to tack up plastic window wrap or placing draft blockers in each crevice, put in a window treatment that can insulate while looking stylish.

Polywood® plantation shutters are the most effective window treatment at keeping the cold out. With their solid extruded material and custom weatherstripping, they can help you reduce drafts and energy loss through your windows better than any other window treatment when used properly.

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For a somewhat less effective window treatment, or to double up with those insulating shutters, put in heavy fabric draperies. Thick draperies are the coziest looking window treatments, perfect for winter and the holiday season.

Window Treatments To Beat the Sweltering Midwest Summer

Almost nothing feels worse than a hot, sticky IN summer day. If you’re like the majority of homeowners in Indianapolis, you’ll have the A/C, a dehumidifier or two, as well as the ceiling fans all going throughout the day. But you can keep your home more comfortable – and lower your utility bills by lowering your HVAC’s workload – with window treatments that insulate better.

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Again, shutters are your best choice, as they’re able to block up to 45% of heat transfer through your windows. Additionally, Polywood shutters are totally moisture-proof, which is basically a necessity if your house gets humid and you want to avoid musty odors.

Aside from shutters, these are some other window coverings that keep your home cool:

  • Window film - Able to block 99% of UV rays and up to 79% of all solar energy, window film can pair with any other window treatment to further improve your energy efficiency.

  • Cellular shades - While not as effective as shutters, cellular shades are designed to reflect heat, making your Indianapolis home more comfortable than budget blinds or shades would.

  • Barn Door Shutters - Though not an extremely common window treatment, a sliding barn door shutter gives great protection from outside heat, while also giving a unique and historic aesthetic to your space.

What Window Treatments Best Work With Midwest Style?

Homes in Indianapolis and across the Midwest can be pretty diverse, but a lot of them have some elements in common. Many homes are inspired by Craftsman designs, making Craftsman Shutters a great fit. And you can’t go wrong with high quality shades, particularly if you can accentuate the look of your furniture or get them in a neutral tone. Midwest homes usually put substance over style, so steer clear of anything too gaudy, or else you could muddy up your style.

Talk To Your Midwest Shutter Experts for Help

For more tips on how to best outfit your Midwestern home, call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis today at 317-558-9066 to set up a free in-home window fashion consultation. We’ll help you step up your home design so it’s better than “Midwestern Nice.”