Yes, Window Shutters Can Improve Energy Efficiency

defining U-Value and R-valueYou’re trying to find ways to improve the energy efficiency in your home. You may have purchased new insulation for the interior portions of your walls, such as blown insulation, or even adding some extra insulation to the exterior part of your house. You may have noticed that the windows in your home are quite old and decided to replace them.

Replacement windows can do a great deal for improving the energy efficiency of any home. If your windows are more than 10 years old, it’s time to take a closer look at them and consider replacing all of them. In fact, 40 percent of your home’s heat during the winter is going to be lost through your windows and doors.

Once you have replacement windows installed, there are other things you can do that can help improve energy efficiency even more, helping to retain heat in your home, thus costing you less in electric, natural gas, and/or heating oil expenses.

One of those strategies is to rely on window shutters.

Natural wood shutters, when properly installed on the windows and kept closed can cut down on any minuscule drafts that get around the window frame or through the glass.

Just because you purchased replacement windows and maybe even the top-of-the-line triple glazed windows sealed with krypton gas doesn’t mean cold air won’t ever get through into your home. The colder it is outside, the more likely you’re going to deal with some cold air seeping through.

With natural wood shutters closed over your windows, especially at night, the wood will begin absorbing any of that cold air that happens to get by, preventing it from getting into your home as easily as if you only had plastic blinds or light curtains.

The battle to improve energy efficiency is not just about protecting the environment around you, but also saving you money each and every month during the winter. Wood shutters can also save you money in the summer by cutting down on the amount of ultraviolet radiation that penetrates into your home, heating it up and requiring air-conditioning to keep you cool.