There are a number of different reasons why homeowners are drawn to plantation shutters and there is no denying that they are one of the most beneficial window coverings to install. Whilst interior shutters will improve the appearance of your home and provide you with greater control over the amount of light that streams in through your windows all year round, they are particularly useful to have during the colder winter months.
If you’ve been contemplating investing in plantation shutters, now is undoubtedly one of the best times to do so and having the shutters installed in time for winter is really advantageous. Below we have looked into some of the main reasons why all homeowners should install plantation shutters as the temperature starts to drop outside.
During the winter months, a surprising amount of heat will escape through your windows, especially if you still have single glazed windows. Installing interior shutters can help to keep your home warm and prevent your energy bills from rising as the weather gets colder outside and you’re having to put your heating on more frequently. In fact, according to a study by The English Heritage, shutters have been shown to reduce heat loss through a window by more than 50%.
Opting for wooden shutters is really beneficial in this regard too as wood is a great insulating material, so your home will stay warm and cosy. What’s more, angling your louvres during the day will help to ensure that you’re making the most of the winter sun too and using this to heat your room rather than turning your heating up.
Not only does heat escape through your windows, but drafts come in through them too and these drafts can make your home much colder. Plantation shutters will act as an additional barrier to the cold winter air and their unique design will effectively help to eliminate drafts by trapping the air between your window and the shutter.
No matter what shutter style you install, the shutters will be made to measure and the frame will perfectly fit either inside of or in front of your window recess. This will cover the gap around the window, stopping the drafts from coming into your home. Simply closing the louvres of plantation shutters will also help to block cold air from entering your warm rooms too.
Lots of homeowners experience increased condensation when the temperature drops outside and, again, this will be particularly bad if you have single glazed windows. Often, this condensation will cause damp and mould on fabric-based window coverings, but when you install interior shutters this isn’t something you will need to worry about.
Plantation shutters are available in a wide range of materials, from lightweight timber to ABS plastic, yet they all tend to be really low maintenance. Simply wiping the frame and louvres down with a cloth will help to keep them looking as good as new, and professional cleaning isn’t something you will need to pay out for in the winter.
As the days get shorter and darker during the autumn/winter months, it is likely that you will put your interior lights on much more regularly. Doing so makes it easier for passersby to see into your home and thankfully, plantation shutters will increase your privacy.
Unlike other window coverings that are either open or closed, interior shutters provide the best of both worlds and tilting the louvres enables you to control how much people can see when walking past your home. Window shutters really are the perfect solution when you want to be able to see what’s happening outside without passersby being able to see you inside.
All in all, there is no denying that plantation shutters are very beneficial to have during the winter months and you will always thank yourself for installing shutters ready for this time of year. If you’d like to go ahead and install high-quality interior shutters this winter, please don’t hesitate to contact our team here at The Great Shutter Co. today.
We supply a brilliant range of plantation shutters and whether you’d like to install shutters on the bay windows in your living room or the skylight windows in your bedroom, we can help. As an independent company, we aren’t tied to any individual manufacturer and this enables us to provide our customers with completely impartial advice when they’re trying to decide which shutters to install. We will gladly show you samples of materials and colours to help you ensure that you’re making the right choice for your home too.