As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, finding a solution to keep our homes warm this winter becomes increasingly important. There are several ways to combat the cold: wrap up under blankets, sit by the fire, cosy up with a hot water bottle to name a few. However, despite all of your efforts, these are only temporary solutions. The best and most cost-effective way to make your house a warm haven is to combat the issue at its source.
A thermal imagery survey conducted by the Edinburgh World Heritage organisation demonstrates that one of the biggest culprits for heat loss in the home is our windows (through the panes of glass themselves, draughts and small gaps around the edges of the windows) due to factors such as thermal radiation, heat conduction, air leakage and convection. Although having double-glazed windows is a step in the right direction, even these are subject to heat loss amounting to around 10-25% of your energy bill. So what is the most cost effective, secure, low maintenance and flexible solution to this issue? Shutters. Not too sure how shutters can solve your cold conundrum? Here is a list of five ways shutters can give you a warmer home this winter.
Number One- Invest in Interior Shutters
Probably the most common solution to our heat loss problems is investing in interior shutters. Interior shutters are known to improve insulation in the home by up to 50%, reducing your energy bills and saving you money. Through covering your windows, these shutters ensure that the warm air from inside the house does not escape, while also preventing the cold air from outside getting in.
Number Two- Choose Fitted Shutters
Although investing in interior shutters is a great first step, to make the most of your investment, it is vital to ensure that they are made-to-measure shutters. Not only does this provide you with the best aesthetic, but it also helps your home to retain even more heat by reducing the chance of draughts and gaps through which the hot air can escape.
Number Three- Take Time to Choose the Right Material
Once you’ve decided to purchase a lovely set of shutters, it’s time to consider what material they should be made from. Shutters made from natural woods, such as timber, act as the best thermal insulators as they are capable of trapping air and preventing heat loss. Wooden shutters are a better alternative to curtains and other fabrics for two main reasons: they act as a thicker barrier between the cold outside and the heat inside and they keep your home warm without increasing the risk of condensation and damp, offering you a happier, healthier home.
Number Four- Consider Exterior Shutters
Exterior shutters are another way of ensuring that your home stays warm this winter. While exterior shutters are most renowned for protecting windows against extreme weather conditions, they are also useful tools for older period properties and properties which are exposed such as those on the coast. Through providing a further, external barrier from the cold outside, exterior shutters are effective at preventing unpleasant draughts from entering the home.
Number Five- Close your Shutters at Night
We all like to make the most of sunlight during the day, which is great as our windows absorb the heat from the sun, essentially providing us with free energy. However, after the sun has set, it’s time to close our shutters and prepare for the night ahead. By closing your shutters at night, you are reducing the risks of draughts, providing the windows with insulation and preventing heat loss due to radiation at the most vulnerable time of day.
Shutters are a fantastic cold-busting addition to any home, effectively helping to keep the warmth inside where it belongs. Invest in some shutters and make high energy bills and cold winter nights a thing of the past.
Thinking of investing in some shutters this winter? Contact us and we’d be delighted to discuss the shutter design process with you.