Saving Energy at Home with Shutters
If you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, and reduce your carbon footprint, whilst adding a statement feature, window shutters are the perfect solution.
With temperature spikes becoming more regular in the UK, and the cost of energy spiralling, we need to think of better ways to reduce the heat in our homes during the summer months while keeping the heat in during winter.
Internal window shutters are an excellent solution to both and are excellent for saving energy at home!
How Do Shutters Insulate Windows?
Shutters are excellent insulators because they enclose the window frame and create a ”sealed” effect. Their construction resists heat transfer better than traditional blinds. Specific R-Values will vary depending on your window’s construction and shutter configuration.
Are Shutters Energy Efficient?
Interior plantation shutters are one of the most energy-efficient window dressings that you can use, and many people are unaware of this. Did you know that reducing heat loss through your window and doors is actually one of the best ways to keep your house hot and your energy bills low? It’s true!
They will help reduce heat loss in the winter months and reduce heat gain in the summer, perfect for the seemingly dramatic temperature changes in the UK lately.
Shutters are excellent insulators and will trap the cold air between your shutter and the window.
Did you know that about 30% of a home’s heating energy is lost through windows, according to government agency Energy.Gov?
Most types of window treatments will result in energy savings, but the exact savings will depend on the type of attachment, the season, the climate, and how the attachment is used.
Do Shutters Prevent Heat Loss?
Shutters provide an excellent way to improve energy efficiency in your home. When closed, shutters have been shown to reduce heat loss through a window by more than 51%! Window shutters add a touch of style to any interior whilst helping you keep your energy bills down, the perfect combination of pretty and practical!
Did you know that reducing heat loss through your window and doors is actually one of the best ways to keep your house hot and your energy bills low? It’s true!
In summer, shutters can be set at an angle to allow a gentle breeze to enter the room while the clever positioning of the slats will stop of accumulation of any heat glare and can block out the sun’s rays. This can reduce the need for costly and noisy electric fans or the installation of an air conditioning system.
Whereas in winter the installation of a second wooden frame which covers the entire glazing acts as an effective barrier to heat loss. Once you’ve had the heating on you need to retain that heat for as long as possible and shutters are a brilliant solution for just this. Shutters installed alongside curtains provide a double-whammy of heat-retaining efficiency along with a stunning statement design.
Do Shutters Keep Heat In?
Shutters are a superb way of effectively adding a layer of insulation to your windows. When they are fully closed, they will keep the warm air in your room and block out any of those money-draining draughts. The solid material of shutters will provide a more effective solution than blinds or curtains which is especially useful if your windows are prone to letting in cool air.
The Other Benefits of Shutters
Along with saving energy, there are countless other benefits to our shutters. The main benefit is of course that they are incredibly stunning! Therefore, making for a luxury addition to any interior.
Furthermore, shutters are incredibly practical! This is due to various benefits, for instance:
- Reducing noise pollution from the outdoors
- Enhancing the level of security of your windows
- Improving your privacy
- Ease of cleaning and maintenance
- Incredibly durable and long-lasting
As a result of these countless benefits, we are confident that you will be fully satisfied with your shutters, no matter what style you choose.
Which Shutters are the Most Energy Efficient?
Faux Wood Shutters
Faux Wood Shutters are the most energy-efficient shutter option. They are made of PVC or vinyl with a hollow core, which creates an air pocket that resists heat transfer.
The insulating effect is like covering your window openings with plastic wrap to create a “bubble” that blocks outside temperatures. But luckily, shutters are much more attractive than plastic wrap!
Wood Shutters are solid like composite shutters and made with natural wood from well-managed forests. They are less insulating than faux wood shutters but do still insulate naturally due to tiny air pockets within wood’s cellular structure.
They’re a good choice if you have large windows as wood frames are much stronger and can span wider widths as single panels. Wood also stands the test of time and is less likely to become brittle under sun exposure, brilliant for any windows that bear the brunt of the sunlight in the summer months.
Finding your Perfect Blinds or Shutters
Are you looking for your perfect shutters?
There’s something for everyone here at Fraser James Blinds, with a wide variety of fabrics, designs, finishes, and colours to choose from, offering quality that simply cannot be matched by off-the-shelf solutions. Just check out this fantastic review from one of our Shutters customers:
“Great service from start to finish. We recently had wooden shutters fitted and we are really pleased with the results. Getting a quote was really easy and Fraser talked us through a few options. We had to delay fitting and we were pleased that we weren’t made to feel that it was a problem. On the day of fitting, Ned and Tom did a super job. They were both polite, worked hard and cleared up well after the job was finished. I recommend Fraser James Blinds 100 percent.”
Fraser James Blinds stock and supply a range of fantastic shutters to suit any home. All our products are made from the highest quality materials and components, and our experienced team will work closely with you to find the perfect window dressing for any room in your home, designed around your specific needs and saving energy at home for you.