The UK is not exactly renowned for its forgiving climate. Winter seems to last forever, and the warm and sunny days of summer are fleeting, to say the least. If all this wasn’t enough, the average household now has to contend with record-high energy bills and the kinds of everyday living costs that would have seemed completely implausible just a few years ago.
In this case, anything that can boost energy efficiency at home could make a real difference. Given how the vast majority of home heat loss occurs through windows and doors, this is the best place to start where improved thermal efficiency is concerned.
But exactly how energy efficient are solid window shutters when compared to more conventional window coverings?
Significant reductions in heat loss
Over the years, many studies have been conducted into the causes of home heat loss and the most effective ways of boosting thermal efficiency. Research suggests that as much as 50% of all heat generated in the average home (by any conventional heating system) escapes through the windows.
All of which amounts to money down the drain, along with a larger than necessary carbon footprint.
Exact figures differ from one property type and heating system to the next, but the same general rule applies to all homes. If you want to retain more heat and reduce your energy consumption, you need to focus on your window coverings.
This is where solid window shutters have been found to make a major contribution to heat retention. In 2018, a study performed by Historic England found that precision-fitted plantation shutters can reduce heat loss by almost 65% when fitted to single-glazed panels. When secondary glazing was added to the windows, the overall heat loss reduction increased to 73%.
By contrast, heavy curtains were found to reduce heat loss by just 39%.
This suggests that solid window shutters can and will contribute to significant reductions in heat loss in all types of interior spaces when used to replace conventional window coverings. From blinds to drapes to nets and so on, nothing has proved more efficient in reducing heat loss through windows than solid shutters.
The additional benefits of solid shutters
To bring window shutters into the home is to gain access to numerous benefits that go beyond improved thermal efficiency. Throughout the year, high-quality window shutters can contribute to a quieter and more comfortable environment in general.
Just a few of the other main benefits of solid window shutters are as follows:
For more information on any of the above or to discuss the benefits of window shutters in more detail, contact a member of the team at Riverside Shutters today.