If you’re like most homeowners, you’re always delighted to find a new way to cut down on your spending. Energy bills, in particular, can be a drain on the budget, so if you can find a way to reduce those, it’s a boon. Finding a way to cut your energy cost while also improving the look of your house? That’s an added bonus! Here’s some great news: you can do that with window shutters.
According to the Department of Energy, your windows can make a big difference when it comes to your energy bills. It’s not only advisable to choose energy efficient windows, but also to choose window coverings that enhance that energy efficiency. Installing window shutters is a great way to diminish your home’s solar heat gain, keeping your interior cool and comfortable. This can be done using interior and exterior shutters.
Inside, shutters provide insulation by enclosing the window frame and creating a sealed effect. The way they’re constructed makes them better at resisting heat transfer than traditional blinds, and their efficiency depends on the material from which they’re made.
- The most energy-efficient shutters are made of faux wood, PVC, or vinyl with a hollow core. This core creates an air pocket that resists heat transfer, creating a bubble to block outside temperatures. They’re not quite as rigid as wood, so they are limited in size and best for small to medium windows.
- Woodcore faux wood shutters are similar option that can be made with a wider width. They’re also made of PVC or vinyl with hollow louvers but are more stable because they have a wooden core within their frame. They’re a good, low-maintenance choice if you need to insulate large windows.
- Composite shutters have a solid MDF core wrapped in hard polypropylene coating. This gives more options in terms of sizes and configurations but provides less insulation.
- Wood shutters are also solid, made from natural wood from well-managed forests. They’re not as insulating as faux wood shutters, although they do insulate naturally because wood has air pockets in its cellular structure. They’re good for large windows and are less likely than other types of shutter to suffer under sun exposure.
Exterior shutters can be made of a variety of materials, including wood, steel, aluminum, or vinyl. Roller shutters are mounted above the window and can be lowered to provide shade, privacy, security, and protection from storms. All shutters provide protection from solar gain, and most can be opened from inside the house.
When you’re looking for custom window blinds, shades, and shutters, trust Value Blinds and Shutters for high-quality products from top manufacturers, like Hunter Douglas. For over 18 years, our factory-trained team has served homes and businesses all over Douglas County, CO, offering free in-home consultations and a showroom where customers can see our large selection of window treatments. Call 720-606-6178, contact us to schedule a consultation, or visit our showroom Monday through Friday.