Plantation shutters are an ever growing trend in home decor. They are a great looking modern alternative to the classic blind. Their versatile nature makes them easy to install in any room of your house, or better yet all of the rooms in your house. They can add light to the room or easily be shut to darken the room. They are great for those who have allergies, as they are easy to wipe down, removing dust and other allergens. Plantation Shutters are remarkably easy to use as there are no complicated (and dangerous) strings and rods. Having plantation shutters installed in your home will also increase the value of your home. While all of these things are great, how do plantation shutters help you during the winter?
One of the top reasons why plantation shutters in winter are so wonderful is that they keep the heat inside and reduce energy costs of your home. The main cause of a cold home is heat loss. You can crank up the heater and turn on the fire, but if any heat can seep out through the cracks in windows and doors, the house will continue to be cold or either your energy costs will increase. Studies show that anywhere from 25-50% of the energy can escape through your windows. Plantation shutters add a protective barrier between the windows and the rest of the home, helping the heat to stay inside. You can shut the shutters to keep the cool drafts away from the rest of the home. Of course, the major benefit of properly insulating your home is that your energy costs will become lower.
If you want energy efficient windows, one of the best things you can do is to install shutters. Around 25% to 50% of the heat our radiators output is lost through windows, but with shutters closed at night, you can insulate your windows really well. In fact, a study discovered that you could almost completely stop heat leaking through large windows just by closing shutters. They used a thermal imaging camera to show where heat was escaping from a house. The BBC News even covered the story, reporting that closed wooden shutters ‘act like double glazing’.