We’re welcoming the Winter months with open arms, the darker evenings, the darker mornings and the winter chill, but with the nostalgia of the season, comes an increase in household bills, the temptation to blast up the heating arrives to keep us warm and cosy over the season. Over the last year, it is estimated that energy prices have risen by 6 percent* and this unwanted cost will undoubtedly continue to rise. Finding ways to reduce or to minimise home heating and cooling costs is a topic on the minds of UK homeowners, how can we fight and prevent the rise of such unwanted costs?
We all want to maximise energy efficiency in our homes, for both the benefit of costs of savings and of course the environment. Did you know that the majority of heat loss in the home is from your windows? Up to 18% of your home’s heat can be lost through your windows, and if you have single glazing this can be considerably more.
Shutters are an excellent and cost-effective way to lower those unnecessary and unwanted bills and reduce heat loss through windows.
Window shutters save on heating and cooling costs in two ways. Firstly, both the shutters themselves, and the space formed between them and the window add and create insulating layers, which keep the cold out during the winter and the heat out during the Summer months. When the shutters are completely closed, they create a vacuum between themselves and the window glass. Essentially creating a draft excluder. Perfect for a toasty home when the temperature drops outside.
Some Technical Information…
U-value is a measurement of how effective a material is as an insulator in your home. The lower the U-value, the better the insulator and more energy efficient it is. The U-value is given as a sum of the thermal resistance of the layers that form a building element. A building element’s U-value is extremely important as there are certain standards that must be reached in accordance with Building Regulations and standards.