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

December 14, 2017

In Indiana and throughout the Midwest we have actual seasons. So unlike other parts of the country, our region can get the worst of both the summer and winter months, 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 handle Midwest weather.

Window Treatments To Handle The Midwest Winter

When winter hits Indiana, you know what to expect: dangerous roads, red faces, and freezing temperatures. And if your house isn’t well 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 protecting you from the cold. 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 they’re shut.

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For a slightly 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 humid, sticky Indiana summer day. If you’re like many Indianapolis homeowners, 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 livable – and lower your monthly energy bills by lowering your HVAC’s workload – with window treatments that insulate better.

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Again, shutters are your best choice, with the ability to block up to 45% of heat transfer through your windows. In addition to that, Polywood shutters are totally moisture-proof, which is basically a necessity if your house gets humid and you want to avoid mustiness.

Beyond shutters, these are a few other window coverings that that keep the heat outside:

  • 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 get the most out of your energy efficient windows.

  • 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 a less common window treatment, a sliding barn door shutter gives great protection from solar heat, while also giving a unique and historic aesthetic to your space.

What Window Treatments Best Work With Midwest Style?

Homes in Indianapolis and throughout 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 natural fit. And you can’t go wrong with high quality shades, particularly if you can match the look of your interior or get them in a neutral tone. Midwest homes usually put substance over style, so steer clear of anything too flashy, or else you could end up with clashing styles.

Talk To Your Midwest Shutter Experts for Help

For more help 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.”