Window Shutters for Enhanced Energy Efficiency

Contrary to popular belief, major renovations and home improvements aren’t always necessary to enhance energy efficiency. Upgrading window treatments alone can make a big difference – particularly where high-quality plantation shutters are concerned.

According to TheGreenAge, the ‘R-value’ of an insulating product or material refers to its capacity to prevent heat loss. Higher R-values equating to better insulation and improved energy efficiency, for lower energy bills as a result.

While conventional roller blinds typically measure for an R-value of 1.3 to 1.8, plantation shutters can have R-values of anything from 2.5 to 4.0. Exactly how much you could save each year will be determined by your home’s wider energy efficiency, but this nonetheless illustrates just how big of a difference quality window treatments can make.

 

How Can Interior Shutters Improve Energy Efficiency?

The energy-efficient properties of plantation shutters (and interior shutters in general) lie in the way they create a robust physical barrier between your interior spaces and cold air outdoors. Whether used independently or in conjunction with curtains, the establishment of an additional layer of protection can make a big difference.

In fact, research suggests that by installing premium quality window shutters, it is possible to reduce heat loss by as much as 51%. Subsequently reducing the strain placed on your central heating system, making it much cheaper and easier to keep your interiors warm and comfortable.

Maximising the effectiveness of interior shutters to enhance energy efficiency means following a few simple good practice guidelines. Here’s how to make the most of your window shutters throughout all four seasons:

  1. Ensure that the slats (louvres) or panels are fully opened each morning, in order to make use of as much natural light and warmth from the sun as possible.
  2. If the weather remains amicable, keep them open throughout the day and use the natural energy of the sun to both light and heat your interior spaces.
  3. When the weather turns or the sun goes down (whichever comes first), close the panels and louvres to shut out cold air and keep your interiors warm.
  4. Combine interior window shutters with attractive curtains (if compatible with your interior décor) to further enhance their insulating properties.

The fact that the vast majority of heat that escapes the average home exits through the windows says all that needs to be said about the potential benefits of quality shutters. Though it’s important to remember that not all materials and shutter designs are equally energy efficient.

used independently or in conjunction with curtains, the additional layer of protection from window shutters can make a big difference

A Long-Term Investment in Energy Efficiency

With little to no maintenance required, premium quality shutters can serve as an attractive and energy-efficient home feature indefinitely. Window shutters can be an affordable long-term investment in the quality and comfort of your home, which can also contribute significantly to its market value.

If you’d like to discuss any of the above in more detail or have any questions about the products and services we provide, contact a member of the team at Riverside Shutters today.