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Do Plantation Shutters Keep Out Cold?

Do you worry about the chilly air coming in through your windows? Plantation shutters are a great way to keep your home comfy. They offer both energy efficiency and insulation that can help keep your home warmer.

In addition, they're a beautiful, classic window treatment! These days, plantation shutters are available in all shapes, sizes and colors so it's easy to find something that matches your style. Let's discuss how plantation shutters can make winter less chilly.

How Plantation Shutters Keep Your Home Warm

Having the right window treatment can make a big difference in your comfort and energy bills.

Out of all the areas in your home, your windows are responsible for leaking the most warmth during the winter. Single-pane windows with an aluminum frame lose the most energy. While double-pane windows with a wood or vinyl frame are better, they can still make your home feel cold.

Here’s how plantation shutters can help block heat loss during the wintertime.

  • They’re made from dense materials with a high R-value. This measurement calculates how well insulation keeps heat from leaving or entering your home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, wood shutters have an R-value of 3-4. That’s more than two times greater than blinds and nearly two times higher than shades. Polymer shutters are rated at 6 or better, making them one of the most energy-efficient window treatments. Because they’re so energy efficient, you may find your home feels more comfortable at a lower temperature.
  • They fit securely against your windows, making an extra barrier. The way plantation shutters fit windows plays into their high R-value. The highest quality ones are custom made for your home to ensure peak energy efficiency and comfort. Other window coverings, such as curtains, blinds and shades, don’t provide as tight of a fit.
  • They fit unique windows. Some window styles, like arches, circles and bay, are harder to cover. Because of this, their energy efficiency can be affected. But this isn’t the case with custom shutters, as they can be designed to fit nearly any window.

Other Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient in Cold Weather

Having the right window treatment goes a long way in keeping your home cozy and heating bills down. Here are a few other tips for saving energy this winter:

  1. Maximize natural warmth. Make the most of the sun’s energy by keeping south-facing window treatments open during daytime and closed at nighttime.
  2. Set your thermostat at the correct temperature. The Department of Energy recommends 68 degrees during the day. When you’re away or asleep, you can set your thermostat between 64-65 degrees. You can get rid of some of the guesswork and extra work by installing a smart thermostat. This device learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then creates energy-efficient programming to match.
  3. Set ceiling fans to reverse. Warm air accumulates near the ceiling but running your ceiling fan in reverse can redistribute that air.
  4. Replace your air filter regularly. A filthy air filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder and consume more energy. Flat filters should be changed monthly, while pleated filters can last for up to three months. A good rule of thumb is to change yours whenever you can’t see light through it.
  5. Schedule a home energy audit. Many utility companies provide this service for free and will give you ideas on how you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. Some of these ideas may include adding LED bulbs, sealing leaks and checking insulation.
  6. Add more attic insulation. Most homes don’t have enough attic insulation, which helps control indoor temperatures and reduce heat loss. Southern climates should have 13”–14”, while northern climates should have 16”–18”.

Keep Your Home Comfortable with Shutters from Louver Shop of Richmond

Plantation shutters aren’t just a wise choice for frigid weather. They can also keep you cooler during the summer and decrease your air conditioning bills. At Louver Shop of Richmond, we’ve been specializing in making homes like yours more beautiful and energy efficient since [[year]]. To find out more about how plantation shutters can keep you comfortable, call us at 888-428-1415 to schedule a free, in-home consultation.