REAL WOOD SHUTTERS
ARE PLANTATION SHUTTERS ENERGY EFFICIENT?
The origins of these classic window coverings date back to the nineteenth century when they were actually used as window coverings in the harsh environment of tropical plantations. In the mid 1970’s, they began showing up in residential homes, gaining in popularity over the past two decades to become the most sought after of all window coverings. They have proved to be timeless decor not only because of their grace and elegance but also their extreme functionality and easy maintenance. They provide great style and appealing effects as the sun’s ray’s shine through.
Shutters will enhance any décor, lending themselves to both traditional and contemporary motifs. Opened, they create a spacious quality, while enhancing even the most breathtaking views. Closed, they give warmth, privacy, ventilation and protection from the elements, while protecting furniture, rugs and hardwood floors from sun damage.
Wood shutters are an investment, and should be thought of as fine furniture.They are the only window coverings that are appraised into the value of your home. Their rich natural appearance makes them a perfect choice to beautify and add value to your home
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When used properly plantation shutters can be the most energy efficient window treatment. The key is keeping the panels and louvers closed during the coldest or hottest times of the day.
The air pocket formed between the window and closed shutters make a great insulator. When the shutter panel is opened or the louvers are in the open position you lose the insulating factor of the air pocket. All shutter materials are energy efficient when the shutters are in the closed position.
Keep your shutters closed during the coldest and hottest times and you will see a decrease in your energy bills. Some consumers have claimed their energy savings paid for their plantation shutters within 7 years.