Interior Shutters Insulate in Winter
This December has been somewhat moderate, but winter officially begins this week and cold frigid air is sure to come. In winter shutters can serve as a protective barrier from the elements, both physically and visually. Window winter shutters have increased in use over the past few decades. While they may seem a bit pricey, shutters have actually become more affordable due to automation in construction. Yet, some wood shutters installed in homes one-hundred years ago are still in the same window.
A seasonal favorite poem reminds us that interior shutters were as popular in the 1800s as they are today. “The Night Before Christmas” features the verse “And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap — When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.” This poem was penned by Clement Clarke Moore in 1822. The shutters were certainly constructed from wood with solid panel or narrow louvers.
Most window shutters today consist of horizontal rails, vertical stiles, and movable louvers. Each louver connects to a tilt bar which unifies the louvers and guides them to a chosen position. Quality manufacturing ensures the louvers remain in the desired location. The shutters can be assembled together in numerous combinations for the best configuration for the window, home, and homeowner.
Café type shutters cover only the lower portion of the window opening. Because of the space above the shutters, café type shutters are the least effective window insulator. The warm air inside the house easily converges with the cold window, resulting in a drafty room. To properly insulate with café type shutters a second top window treatment should be introduced.
Full height wood shutters are best to reduce the change in air temperature. Closed louvers keep air you so dearly paid to heat from circulating against the cooler window. Obviously, the louvers need to remain closed for winter to say behind the shutters.
Winter shutters constructed with raised, or solid panels, offer the best available protection. They create little area for air to pass, but decrease the overall versatility. Paneled shutters need to swing fully open for any visibility or light through the window. Plantation shutters use thicker stiles, rails, and louvers making it a close second selection. Traditional shutters are made with narrower components, resulting in a solid barrier that is slightly less insulating than the plantation style.
So, curl up with a good book this winter knowing that your home will stay warm with window winter shutters. Call Horizon Shutters with any questions you may have about the products discussed.
By Brian Wright