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Shutters Reduce Heat Loss

Shutters act as a thermostat for your windows. One of the many benefits of shutters is that they keep the heat in your home.
They have been used for centuries to insulate against the cold. Not only do they add elegance and style to your windows, but they also reduce heat loss and are energy efficient.

Unlike curtains and blinds, shutters are bespoke and made to fit precisely into a window. In fact, interior shutters act as an extra layer of insulation. They improve the thermal energy efficiency of your windows by up to 36%, helping to keep your home cosy and warm while reducing energy bills in the winter months.

Click here for more information about keeping the heat in your home with shutters – courtesy of the British Blinds and Shutters Association.

Shutters Reduce Heat Gain in Warmer Months

Shutters help shade the interiors of your home during periods of intense heat, preventing your home from overheating by blocking or reflecting the sun’s rays. The superior insulation we now have in our homes means that our homes can overheat in a manner similar to the Greenhouse Effect.

They have a passive cooling technique and are identified as non-energy-intensive means of reducing or eliminating the need for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units.

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How to Use Your Shutters to Reduce Heat Loss and Heat Gain

It’s worth considering how you use your shutters… For optimal cooling benefits, louvres should be closed when it’s hot outside and there is direct sun glare shining on a window. Then they should be opened when the window is in shade, or the sun has set to allow a cooler breeze in.

In the winter, shutter louvres should be opened in the morning to harvest solar energy. Then closed when the sun goes down to help to retain the heat.

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