Can Shutters Keep Heat In?

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If you’re like most people, when you think of shutters, you probably think of them as mainly a visual element – something that helps to complete your interior design and give your home character and charm.

But did you know that shutters can also help to keep heat in during the winter months? That’s right – by installing shutters on your windows, you can considerably improve your home’s energy efficiency and reduce your heating bills. So, if you’re looking for a way to add some personality to your home while also saving money, shutters are definitely worth considering!

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We’ve all been affected by the cost-of-living crisis in one way or another. Mortgage payments are going up, energy prices have skyrocketed, and the bills seem to keep on rising!

Most of us are thinking about ways to save on energy bills by keeping heat in the house. You’ve probably already thought about loft and wall insulation and double glazing, but have you considered window shutters as a way to reduce your energy bills and keep warm on cold winter days?

Not only are window shutters an affordable choice for your window coverings, but they also can help lower your overall cost of living by shaving a little off your heating and cooling bills. Shutters are good at trapping heat inside your home, and they decrease the amount of air that escapes through window panes. All while still letting in light and maintaining your privacy.

How does it work?

Heat can escape from your home in a number of ways. It can pass directly through the window panes, be absorbed by the panes, the cold glass can cool the air in the room, and gaps around the windows can allow warm air to escape. Old and poorly installed windows are particularly problematic.

Shutters are a form of “solar shading”. This helps to reduce heat loss and heat gain (important in the summer).

Heat loss is measured in “U-values”. A typical double-glazed window has a U-value of around 2.9. Adding a normal blind to your window could reduce this to 2.1 (that’s a 30% reduction). But with internal window shutters, typically the U-value reduces to 1.9, nearly a 50% reduction in U-value. This means that you can switch your heating on later, and switch it off earlier.

By reducing solar glare, they also can help reduce the fading of fabrics and furnishings, potentially maintaining them in good condition for longer.

Window shutters for all homes

There are a number of different types of shutters depending on your style and the function of the room.

For the classic plantation shutters look, you can choose from a range of colours and materials. Full height shutters, which cover your whole window, are the most thermally efficient you can get. And if total privacy is your main concern, they will give you confidence that no one can spy on you through your windows.

For cozy kitchens, cafe style shutters might be just the thing you need! And if you are looking to improve the heat retention of a bay window, be assured that shutters work really well in a bay window. Whichever option you choose, remember that different rooms need different kinds of shutters. We can help you to pick exactly the right type so your windows can look amazing!

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Window shutters for maximum efficiency

Installing window shutters need not be a daunting task, and the rewards are well worth it. To get the most out of installing window shutters, there are few things worth considering.

First is quality – look for shutters with good features such as UV protection and water resistance, to ensure a lifetime of use. We can help you decide on which materials are best for each room you want to improve.

Second is the quality of installation and fitting. We will take care of the quality of installation to make sure your shutters are expertly measured, fitted and installed in each window so you can start saving on your energy bills from day one.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about window shutters and how they can help insulate your home. With so many different types of shutters available on the market, it can be tricky to choose the right one for your home. But with our helpful and friendly team on board, you can be assured that your shutters will be both beautiful and help keep where it belongs – in your home!

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