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Do Plantation Shutters Keep Out Cold?

Do you worry about the cold air coming in through your windows? Plantation shutters are a good way to keep your home cozy. They provide both energy efficiency and insulation that can help keep your home warmer.

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

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 losing the most heat during the winter. Single-pane windows with an aluminum frame leak 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 thick materials with a high R-value. This measurement determines how well insulation keeps 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 are rated at 6 or greater, making them one of the most energy-efficient window treatments. Because they’re so energy efficient, you may notice your home feels comfier at a cooler temperature.
  • They fit tightly against your windows, making an extra barrier. The way plantation shutters fit windows contributes to their high R-value. The highest quality ones are customized for your home to ensure top energy efficiency and comfort. Other window coverings, such as curtains, blinds and shades, don’t offer as secure of a fit.
  • They fit unique windows. Some window shapes, like arches, circles and bay, are harder to cover. As a result, their energy efficiency can be affected. But this isn’t the case with custom shutters, since they can be designed to fit just about any window.

Other Ways to Make Your House More Energy Efficient in Cold Weather

Having the right window treatment makes a big difference in keeping your home comfortable 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 daytime. When you’re away or asleep, you can set your thermostat between 64-65 degrees. You can eliminate some of the guesswork and extra work by installing a smart thermostat. This device learns your temperature preferences and schedule, and then creates energy-efficient programming to match.
  3. Set ceiling fans to reverse. Warm air collects near the ceiling but running your ceiling fan in reverse can redistribute that warmth.
  4. Change your air filter often. A filthy air filter can cause your HVAC system to work harder and consume more energy. Flat filters should be replaced monthly, while pleated filters can last for up to three months. A good rule of thumb is to replace yours whenever you can’t see light through it.
  5. Schedule a home energy audit. Many utility companies offer 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 reduce heat loss. Southern climates should have 13”–14”, while northern climates should have 16”–18”.

Keep Your Home Comfortable with Shutters from Louver Shop of Atlanta

Plantation shutters aren’t just a smart choice for cold weather. They can also keep you more comfortable during the summer and decrease your air conditioning bills. At Louver Shop of Atlanta, we’ve been specializing in making homes like yours more beautiful and energy efficient since [[year]]. To learn more about how plantation shutters can keep you comfy, call us at 888-428-1415 to schedule a free, in-home consultation.