Benefit 1: Shutters keep the warm air in
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 by Edinburgh World Heritage
discovered that you could almost completely stop heat leaking through large Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian windows just by closing shutters. They used a thermal imaging camera to show where heat was escaping from a house – you can see it on our Eco Shutters page
. The BBC News
even covered the story, reporting that closed wooden shutters ‘act like double glazing’.
Benefit 2: Shutters keep the cold air out
Forget about heat escaping for a moment – what about cold air getting in through tiny gaps in frames? Shutters are a great way at cutting down on draughts – simply close them up at night for a wonderfully insulated home.
Benefit 3: Shutters save money on your heating bills
With less cold air coming in and virtually no heat escaping, you can turn your thermostat right down, reducing your heating bills. It’s a win-win.
Benefit 4: Shutters keep your rooms private
When it gets dark early, your neighbours have the perfect opportunity for a good nose into your well-lit living spaces, right? Wrong. With shutters, you can tilt – or completely shut – the louvres so that your rooms remain obscured or unseen.
Benefit 5: Shutters let the light in
Woken up to a bright winter morning? Or perhaps it’s a crisp winter evening? Tilting your shutters will allow you to control and maximise the light that’s coming in – letting in the last of the evening’s rays and making the most of those rare sunny days.
Benefit 6: Shutters reflect light
Wonder what we mean about maximising the light? Shutter louvres have a reflective surface and, if you tilt them to just the right angle, you’ll reflect more light into the room. When they’re shut, they reflect artificial light, too.
Benefit 7: Shutters don’t suffer from condensation like curtains do
If your home’s not well-ventilated, condensation might be a problem in winter. Shutters don’t suffer from mould-growth like curtains do, and are easy to wipe down and maintain. What’s more, you’re more likely to open your windows in winter if you have shutters to let in just a trickle of fresh air.
Benefit 8: Shutters are low maintenance
Talking of wiping down your shutters… you’ll find after months of everyone being indoors all the time during the cold snap, your shutters need little more than a wipe over with a damp cloth or duster to get them looking as good as new. Trips to dry cleaners with bulky curtains – and a week without window dressings as a result? With shutters, those days are over.