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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 good way to keep your home comfortable. They provide both energy efficiency and insulation that can help keep your home more comfortable.

Not to mention, they're a beautiful, classic window treatment! Nowadays, plantation shutters are available in all shapes, sizes and colors so it's easy to find something that matches your style. Let's talk more about how plantation shutters can make winter less unpleasant.

How Plantation Shutters Keep Your Home Cozy

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

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

Here’s how plantation shutters can help block heat loss during cold weather.

  • They’re built from dense materials with a high R-value. This measurement determines how well insulation stops 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 better than shades. Polymer shutters rank at 6 or greater, making them one of the most energy-efficient window treatments. Since they’re so energy efficient, you may find your home feels more comfortable at a lower temperature.
  • They fit securely against your windows, creating an additional barrier. The way plantation shutters fit windows contributes to their high R-value. The highest quality ones are custom made for your home to ensure top energy efficiency and comfort. Other window coverings, like curtains, blinds and shades, don’t provide as tight of a fit.
  • They accommodate unique windows. Some window styles, like arches, circles and bay, are more difficult to cover. Because of this, their energy efficiency can be affected. But this isn’t the case with custom shutters, as they can be made to fit just about any window.

Other Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient in Winter

Having the right window treatment makes a big difference in keeping your home cozy and heating bills low. Here are a few other ways you can save energy during cold weather:

  1. Take full advantage of natural warmth. Make the most of the sun’s energy by keeping south-facing window treatments open during the day and closed at night.
  2. Keep your thermostat at the correct temperature. The Department of Energy recommends 68 degrees during the day. When you’re gone 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 makes energy-efficient programming to match.
  3. Set ceiling fans to reverse. Warm air gathers near the ceiling but running your ceiling fan in reverse can redistribute that warmth.
  4. Replace your air filter often. A dirty air filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy. Flat filters should be changed monthly, while pleated filters can last for up to three months. A good guideline 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 boost your home’s energy efficiency. Some of these ideas may include adding LED bulbs, sealing leaks and inspecting insulation.
  6. Add more attic insulation. Most homes don’t have adequate attic insulation, which helps regulate indoor temperatures and stop heat loss. Southern climates should have 13”–14”, while northern climates should have 16”–18”.

Keep Your Home Comfy with Shutters from Louver Shop of Western Carolina

Plantation shutters aren’t just a wise choice for cold weather. They can also keep you cooler during the summer and decrease your air conditioning costs. At Louver Shop of Western Carolina, we’ve been specializing in making homes like yours gorgeous 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.