This winter, dress up your home in super-stylish Plantation Shutters ® while you bask in the warmth and security they provide.
Although we layer ourselves in coats and scarves to counteract the cold, we tend to forget to do the same for our homes. Research indicates that up to 30% of the heat lost from an average home is as a result of draughts, and around 20% through uninsulated doors and windows.
Researchers in Edinburgh claim that simply closing shutters as the sun sets can be as effective in reducing heat loss as having double glazing fitted to the windows. According to a study conducted by the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust in Scotland, windows with closed shutters lose less heat as compared to windows with open curtains and shutters, increasing interior heating needs.
While we in South Africa don’t experience extreme cold of a Scottish winter, our homes are often not nearly as well insulated as those in the Northern hemisphere and heating our homes during the winter months can result in massive electricity costs. Plantation Shutters specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of superior quality, custom-designed timber and security shutters that provide insulation from the cold by adding an extra layer of warmth and protection from the elements during the colder months.
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These shutters allow you to maximise the free heat provided by the sun during the day, thereby lowering your winter heating bills. Simply open them in the morning to let the sun in and close them again at dusk to trap the heat inside. They also minimise the impact of the sun in summer, making them a worthwhile investment year-round.