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Keep Your Home Comfortable and Save Money

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Having window shutters in Destin, FL installed in your home is one of the ways that you can keep the internal temperature of your home comfortable, no matter what time of year it is, and you can save money on energy costs as well.

Energy costs are one of the highest costs of owning a home other than the mortgage. The fluctuation in energy costs throughout the year, especially in the colder months of the winter and the hotter months of the summer, can both strain your family’s budget and cause your blood pressure to rise.

However, there are some very easy ways to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, regardless of what the temperature outside is, without having to worry about high energy costs. Employing these techniques will actually save you money on your power bills throughout the year.

In early times in America, when modern heating and air conditioning was not available, previous generations of our families relied on some very practical ways to try to keep their homes from being too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. We can use some of those now to reduce our energy usage and costs.

If it’s chilly outside and you’ve spent the morning or afternoon using your kitchen oven, leave it open after you’ve turned the heat off and removed all your dishes. This allows the residual heat in the oven to be disseminated throughout your home, which will keep the thermostat from kicking on more often.

If you have ceiling fans installed in your home, reverse them (counter-clockwise – there is a switch on the base of the fan) during colder months to have warm air, which rises toward the ceiling, recirculated down into the room to keep the entire room more warm. In summer months, use the same switch to turn the ceiling fans back to a clockwise motion, which will pull the warm air up to the ceiling, leaving cooler air in the lower part of the room.

Sleeping in colder weather doesn’t have to mean you’re freezing at night. Experts recommend sleeping in cooler temperatures because it promotes better sleep, but if you’re too cold, throw some extra blankets on the beds throughout your home. If it’s cold when you get in bed, you may want to use them all, but then as you get warm, you can remove a layer of blankets so that you’re still comfortable.

Window shutters are an excellent way to keep your home warmer during cooler weather. Because window shutters are installed inside the frame of windows, they create a seal that prevents cold air from coming in from the outside, keeping the inside of your home warmer without you having to adjust your thermostat.

In warmer weather, you can also keep your home comfortable and save money too.

Set your thermostat and use fans (regular fans and ceiling fans) to help circulate cool air throughout your home.

If the weather outside is nice, with cooler temperatures and soft breezes, open the windows instead of running your HVAC system. Not only will this keep your home nice and cool, but it will allow fresh air to circulate through your home, eliminating stale air and any lingering odors.

If you have light-colored window shutters installed in your home, they will reflect heat and light away from your home during the summer months, keeping your home’s interior cooler and reducing the amount you will have to pay for energy.

If you’d like learn more about window shutters in Destin, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm.

When It’s Time to Sell Your Home

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Think about window shutters in Santa Rosa Beach, FL as part of getting your home ready to be put on the market to sell. When you are in the process of sprucing up your home to sell it, there are many things that you can do to make it more attractive to prospective buyers and to increase its value so that you can get your asking price.

One thing that real estate agents drill into people who are selling their homes is that the home needs to be staged in such a way that potential buyers walk in and can imagine themselves living in the homes.

The first thing you’ll want to do to prepare your home to be sold is to give it a thorough, top to bottom cleaning. That means every nook and cranny of your home needs to be cleaned. As you go through this intensive cleaning process, you will see the areas of your home where updates, upgrades, or new items need to be added.

For instance, if you’ve lived in your home for any length of time, you will probably find that the walls and flooring have experienced a lot of wear and tear. Carpet that is tattered or stained will detract from the overall appearance of your home. Tiled floors that have a lot of chips and cracks and/or dingy grout will give potential buyers a negative impression. Wood floors that are scratched and scraped will not be attracted.

Consider replacing carpet with stains that even professional cleaning doesn’t remove or that is torn or frayed. If the carpet was installed on top of wood flooring, consider reverting to the wood flooring and having it professionally restored. The most economical route to replace chipped or cracked tiles is to have it removed and replaced with a laminate flooring. You can also cover your wood floors with laminate flooring or have them professionally restored.

Most of the time, walls simply need a fresh coat of paint to spruce them up. Be sure to have the walls prepped properly so that holes and other blemishes are corrected before painting them. Add a coat of bright white paint to the ceilings in each room to enhance light filtration and to give rooms an open and airy feel.

Another key to preparing your home for sale is to clean up clutter. Remove as many personal items from rooms as possible and make sure that rooms don’t look like you and your family are a step away from being on a reality show about hoarding.

Keep kitchen and bathroom cabinets clear of appliances, mail, and knickknacks. Make sure the stovetop is clear and clean. Remove magnets, pictures, and calendars from the refrigerator. Clean off the dining room and kitchen tables. Make sure you put some nice place settings down and a fresh flower arrangement in the middle of each table.

A final step in preparing your home for sale is to replace your window treatments. You probably haven’t thought about what’s on your windows since you moved into your home. But window coverings are a big selling point with potential buyers so what’s installed on your windows is very important.

Window shutters are a great upgrade for your home’s windows. They work well in all rooms and they give a lot of control over light filtration and ventilation throughout your home. Window shutters come in many types of materials and colors so you can get a customized look in each room, whether you’re looking for window shutters that complement a room’s theme or provide an interesting contrast.

If you’d like learn more about window shutters in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm.

Best Material for Plantation Window Shutters

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When you’re considering plantation window shutters in Panama City Beach, FL, there will be many things that will go into the final choice you make before your plantation window shutters are installed in your home. These things include your home’s décor, the sizes of the windows in your home, and where you live.

Plantation window shutters are manufactured with many types of materials. Because southern Florida has a warm, humid climate year-round, the material you choose for your plantation window shutters will be a very important part of your final selection process.

All plantation window shutters have two things in common: they come in panels that can be opened and each panel has very wide louvers which can be operated independently. But the one thing that can differ is what material is used to manufacture the plantation window shutters.

So, what are generally considered the most durable and versatile materials that plantation window shutters can be manufactured in?

One material used to manufacture plantation window shutters is Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC). This material is very popular with homeowners because of its resistance to heat and to moisture. The only downside to PVC plantation window shutters is that the louvers can’t be decorated because the edges have sealing caps on them.

Another material that is very popular for plantation window shutters is foamed synthetics. Foamed synthetic plantation window shutters are non-toxic, and they are fire-resistant and water-resistant. Aluminum braces are included in these plantation window shutters to keep them from sagging. They are available in many different colors and designs.

What also makes these plantation window shutters a very good choice is that because of the foam, they add more insulation to your windows, and they will help keep your home’s internal temperature more comfortable and will help lower your energy bills.

Medium density fiber (MDF) is another material that is used to manufacture plantation window shutters. Medium density fiber is a glue-sawdust mixture that is pliable enough to be formed into any shape, so they can be an ideal choice for plantation window shutters.

You can choose to have wood, vinyl-wrapped, or painted finishes with MDF plantation window shutters. MDF plantation window shutters have an advantage over standard wood plantation window shutters because they are more water-resistant and warp-resistant.

However, if you choose MDF plantation window shutters in south Florida, it’s advisable to have them vinyl wrapped so they are better able to withstand the higher humidity we experience down here throughout the year.

Plantation window shutters can also be manufactured with composite wood. Composite wood can be manufactured from a single type of wood or from a combination of different types of wood. These plantation window shutters are engineered to be incredibly sturdy and durable, so they are a very good option when you are looking at plantation window shutters as a long-term investment.

They are also a better option than just plain wood because of the longevity that is built into them. Composite wood plantation window shutters are available in different shapes and colors so you can find that perfect fit into your existing décor or to upgrade the style of your home.

Plantation window shutters can also be manufactured in different types of real wood, including alder, cedar, and basswood. Although they are more susceptible to moisture, our window shutters experts can give you advice about how to protect them.

If you’d like learn more about plantation window shutters in Panama City Beach, FL, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at McNeill Palm. You can visit our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can contact us at (850) 613-6228.



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