We experience our fair share of chilly weather in the UK. On top of this, many of our houses and flats are quite old too. This often goes hand in hand with heritage windows and single glazing. As you’re probably aware, most of the heat in the home is lost through the windows, and the sun’s rays can be perilously warm when shining through in the summer. That’s why insulation is of such importance. We often get asked if insulated shutters are the way to go. Well, that’s an excellent question…
Do Shutters Insulate the Home?
The short answer is, “Yes”! The longer answer is, “Definitely!” You might wonder how window shutters and insulation go together, but it’s actually quite straightforward. Whether it is winter or summer, our shutters will help regulate your room’s temperature the whole year round.
In the warmer summer months, shutters – especially white ones – are great for reflecting the sun’s rays, helping you to maintain a cool and consistent temperature. Conversely, in the winter they will keep drafts out while ensuring the heat stays in. This is achieved due to insulated shutters being fitted directly to your window frames, leaving very few gaps for air to seep through.
Do They Keep Out Sound Too?
When it comes to wooden shutters, sound insulation is another thing they bring to the table. Being made of solid hardwood (no composite or MDF here) and fitted directly onto the window makes plantation shutters excellent for reducing sound bleeding. In fact, a study we recently commissioned showed that our shutters can make a difference to noise levels of up to 7Db when closed. So, if you live on a particularly busy road, shutters might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Which Styles Work Best for Insulated Shutters?
If you’re looking for the most amount of protection from outside temperatures, Full Height shutters are the best choice. If you want to take this a step further, why not consider our Solid shutters? As they are comprised of solid panels with no slats, there is even less room for noise and air to escape, creating one solid barrier between your windows and your home’s interior.
Our Tier-on-Tier option will also provide some insulation when fully closed, but it should be noted that the top and bottom sections have a slight gap in between. If insulation is a deciding factor for you, we do not recommend our Café Style shutters – no matter how fabulous they look!
Are Shutters Better Than Curtains and Blinds?
One major difference between curtains, blinds, and shutters is that the two former window dressings hang from the window, while the latter is directly installed into the window’s recess. As a result, blinds and curtains are less effective at light and temperature insulation. And remember, insulated wooden shutters don’t just keep your room warm in the winter and cold in the summer. They also save you money at the same time. Win, win, win.
If you are wondering what shutters could do for your home, get in touch today. Call us on 0800 970 0800, send an email to email@example.com, or request a free on-site consultation via our website today!