Shutters are one of the most common and popular window types in the home. People prefer using them because they are easy to install, smart, and they are easy to maintain. Shutters come in a variety of materials from the traditional wood, fiberglass, vinyl and aluminium. Aluminium shutters are gaining popularity because they are light, durable and require very little maintenance. If you are thinking about installing shutters in your home this summer, here are a few tips that will help you achieve the most energy efficient interior shutters.
Closing and opening shutters at the right time
If you want your house to be energy efficient this summer, you have to make sure that they are opened and closed at the right time on the day. For all the windows which are facing the western side of the house, closing them in the morning will reduce the amount of cold air leaving the house. On the other hand, when you have eastern facing windows, closing them in the evening will have a similar effect. Your AC system will therefore not be forced to work double time to keep the house cool in this summer heat.
Shutters and UV light
The ultra violet rays of the sun are the reason that items inside the house fade. They are also behind the tarnishing of wall paint and the aging of wall painting. Installing aluminium shutters will solve the problem of UV light seeping into your home by blocking off the sun completely. The installation will therefore preserve your upholstery, your rugs and wall paintings and even the vibrancy of the wall paint.
Lowering the energy bill in the summer
Summer and winter are the two seasons when people pay the highest heating bills. In the summer, the bill goes up because when you open your windows for some fresh air, a lot of the cool air in the home escapes. The cooling system is forced to do a lot to bring back the temperature to manageable levels, increasing your bills. When you have shutters, you can control how much heat is retained and when it will be beneficial to open the windows.
Shutters that have been installed by professionals are made in a way that leaves your home smart, organised and energy efficient. There are treatments that shutter installers give to the windows to reduce the possibility of thermal shock in the home. Consult experts in installation of shutters to enjoy their benefits to the fullest.
If you are planning to start a new construction project, you may be wondering about the best type of materials to use. About 6 months ago, I decided to carry out an extensive renovation of my home. This would involve demolishing one wall, extending the kitchen and the construction of a new patio area. I really wasn't sure which materials would be best. I consulted with a contractor and he explained the pros and cons of each material. In the end, I opted for wood and steel. I am really pleased with the end results. I hope this blog helps you to plan your construction project.