If you are thinking about adding custom plantation wood shutters to your home, you probably already love the aesthetic appeal and variety of sizes and colors to choose from, but did you know interior shutters are also one of the most energy-efficient window coverings?
Plantation wood shutters give you the flexibility to easily open and close them during the day to control the sunlight, airflow, and privacy in each room. Aside from blocking the sun’s glare and the UV rays that fade your furnishings, the shutters also block the heat. It’s a bit like putting up a reflective shade in your car. On hot days, a pocket of air is trapped between the window pane and the shutters which acts like a buffer to heat transfer into the room. Having custom shutters installed ensures they fit well without large gaps and trap the heat more completely.
In wintertime, the same applies to keeping out the cold. The shutters create an insulating barrier that slows your furnace heat from leaking away. One Smart Energy Alliance report found that the R-values of plantation shutters ranged from 2.77 to 3.17. Compare that to a basic double-pane window that has an R-value of about 2. The added insulation over each window adds up to lower heating and cooling bills throughout the year while you stay comfortable inside.
What about beautiful days when the weather is nice and you want to use your windows? Installing custom plantation wood shutters can also give you more energy-efficient options for those times too. Plantation shutters can be completely opened to let in the sunshine and breeze or opened only slightly to give you privacy and airflow at the same time. Either way, you’ll enjoy the fresh air and circulation in your home without using electric fans or the air conditioning.
Contact us today to learn about all of our custom shutter options or ask for an estimate.