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How Plantation Shutters Can Help With Energy Efficiency

How Plantation Shutters Can Help With Energy Efficiency

Many people are looking for ways to make their homes more energy-efficient. Energy-efficiency is better for the environment and can help reduce your utility bills. You might be surprised to learn that energy loss from windows is believed to be the reason for more than 25% of a homeowner’s heating and cooling costs. 

Installing energy-efficient windows, such as double-paned windows or windows with modern energy saving technologies, can potentially make a real difference for your pocketbook. Having an effective window treatment can also play a role in the energy-efficiency of your home. Window treatments include coverings like blinds, drapes, curtains, shades, and shutters. While all window treatments will help in some way to reduce energy loss, some window treatments are better at this than others. Plantation shutters, in particular, are well-known for their energy saving qualities.

Why Are Plantation Shutters So Energy-Efficient?

There are a couple of reasons why plantation shutters are so good at saving energy. Plantation shutters are meant to form a kind of seal against your window. The way that they are installed helps to reduce air loss or air gain. When the louvers (the horizontal slats of the shutter) are closed, they provide an extra source of insulation. When they’re open on a sunny day in the winter, for instance, they can let in a little more warmth. Plantation shutters are also much sturdier than other window treatments. The thickness of plantation shutters further serves as a strong barrier against energy loss. 

Wood Is An Energy-Efficient Material

The material of the plantation shutters matters, too. Hardwood plantation shutters are especially energy-efficient. This is because wood is such a strong and durable material. According to the American Forest Foundation, the cellular structure of wood includes air pockets. Air is an insulator and these air pockets help to reduce heat conductivity. 

Wood is also better for the environment than other materials, especially plastics.

Making Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Installing hardwood plantation shutters on your windows is a great first step when it comes to creating a more energy-efficient home. Plantation shutters will keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. You can use plantation shutters all by themselves or you can add curtains, draperies, and valances for a dramatic design statement. The fabrics will provide another layer of insulation. 

Check Your Windows and Doors

Of course, there are still other actions that you can take to increase the energy-efficiency of your home. Adding weatherstripping to your windows and doors can provide its own seal against the air coming in and out of your home. Weather strips wear out over time, so it’s important to examine yours every winter or summer, when extreme temperatures tend to hit. 

Examine Your Water Usage

While it can be tempting to wash clothing in small batches or take many baths, your water usage plays a major role in the energy-efficiency of your home. Consolidating your water use and using less water are two ways to potentially reduce your water bills. 

Look at Your Lighting

Certain light bulbs are more energy-efficient than others. If you’re still using incandescent bulbs, try switching to another bulb, such as halogen or LED. These bulbs are more energy-efficient and might help you lower your electricity bill. Plus, the Department of Energy has been slowly phasing out incandescent light bulbs for years.

Adjust the Thermostat

Many people leave their thermostat at the same temperature even when they’re out of the house. Instead, adjust your thermostat before you leave home for the day. Lowering your thermostat at least 10 degrees during the winter and raising it at least 10 degrees during the summer can potentially result in huge savings.

Install Plantation Shutters from Shenandoah Shutters

Plantation shutters are the clear choice for a more energy-efficient home. For more than thirty years, Shenandoah Shutters has been handcrafting custom made, hardwood plantation shutters for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We use only the finest American hardwoods to manufacture solid, elegant plantation shutters for every window of your home.

Shenandoah Shutters is located in Richmond, Virginia, no more than a day’s drive away from all of our service areas. We cut plantation shutters for windows of any size or shape. We can even install plantation shutters on French or sliding glass doors, as well as sunbursts and arches.

We offer a variety of contemporary and traditional choices for plantation shutters, including our own, patented Softedge design. You can also choose from custom colors, creams, and stains to craft just the right look for your home.

Schedule an Appointment for Your Plantation Shutters

Contact Shenandoah Shutters online today for a free estimate and consultation! You can also give us a call at 1-800-733-1549. Check out some of our past projects by exploring our photo gallery.

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Frank and Robin, Pasadena, MD

“We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the shutters! And so does everyone who has seen them! They are absolutely perfect!!! I’m so glad I bought them all at once! The installation was so professional and they were here on time, worked fast and did a wonderful job. This is really a first class company. Th arched window is just beautiful!

- Frank and Robin, Pasadena, MD

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- Larry & Sewel Reid

Lori Steinman

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Candice & Peter A.

5 Star Quality & Installation!

We couldn’t be more happy with the outcome! What a transformation the shutters have made to our home, just perfect!

- Candice & Peter A.

Robert and Jean, Clifton, VA

“After installation, the installers were excellent in providing information on the shutter finish process and appropriate cleaning. This was most helpful and confirmed that these shutters are an excellent product. They are on all windows in my home and are beautiful!!”

- Robert and Jean, Clifton, VA

Donna Plummer

“The members of Shenandoah Shutters are extremely professional. The first contact came in and measured the windows that were to be done. The second contact was with the guys who installed the shutters. In and out and they look wonderful. Can’t be more pleased with these shutters.”

- Donna Plummer

Janet, Lynchburg, VA

“This company is fantastic. From the first contact we had with them (visiting their showroom) to the final installation, they are #1 professionals. After we visited the showroom, the salesperson came to our home, showed us a sample shutter, and made recommendations (and gave different styles) for our windows. After we accepted the contract, she made an appointment to come out and do exact measurements. We love our new shutters, and every element of this contract could not have been better. They even left a jar of VA peanuts!”

- Janet, Lynchburg, VA

Mila & Jimmie Baturin

“Fabulous Salesperson. Staff was efficient, organized and quick. Love the product”

- Mila & Jimmie Baturin

Julie Krajicek

“I am impressed by the level of professionalism by Shenandoah Shutters. From start to finish in all interactions, I was treated well. The product is outstanding quality. They look perfect.”

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Doug and Carol, Chesterfield, VA

“A pleasure to work with – very organized, good communication, expert craftsmanship, done in a timely manner – a job well done!!”

- Doug and Carol, Chesterfield, VA

Jessica, Richmond, VA

“We love hearing from our clients – Here’s a review we received this week……..”My shutters were delivered and installed this morning. From start to finish the installation took about 90 minutes. I am beyond impressed with the high quality craftsmanship and over the moon with how gorgeous they are. I’d also like to note, that everyone from Marcia in sales, Jodi in billing, and the installers, whose names I didn’t catch, are supremely professional. As a Richmonder, I love that the money from my purchase stays in the local economy, too. I will be singing this company’s praises for years to come. Thank you, Shenandoah Shutters!” Jessica – Richmond, VA”

- Jessica, Richmond, VA

Lee & Cheryl Caslavka

“First Class all of the way. Amy, Jody and installation was a wonderful experience. Thank you”

- Lee & Cheryl Caslavka

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