With the cost of fuel continuously rising, many visitors to our showroom ask us, “Are window shutters warmer than curtains?
While this question is more relevant during the winter months, it’s worth remembering that here in the UK, it doesn’t matter what month we’re in; it’s all too familiar for good old Blighty to throw us into the midst of a cold spell – even in August.
The answer is both shutters and curtains will block out draughts and help maintain a steady temperature in a room, but only to an extent.
SAVE MONEY ON HEATING BILLS
With that in mind, ensuring you have the warmest solutions possible is imperative in your home, not just for your own comfort but for the wellbeing of your wallet too. Let’s face it, none of us like huge heating bills landing on our mats after a cold few months.
WINDOW SHUTTERS AND CURTAINS: WHICH IS BETTER?
When it comes to deciding between window shutters and curtains, it pays to consider every aspect, from insulation to flexibility, effectiveness, and of course, blocking out the sun during the warmer months too. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both.
Options such as plantation shutters offer homeowners complete flexibility as they help keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This is down to the structure of interior shutters that forms a barrier between the shutter and the glass, which stops the heat from escaping through the windows.
KEEPING YOUR HOME WARM
This helps stop the cold air from outside entering the home. The same is true for the summer months, as interior shutters stop hotter air from entering the room too.
Shutters are made from a much thicker material than curtains, and they don’t blow around if a draught penetrates the window pane. In this way, they do a better job of keeping the room warm compared to curtains.
The thickness and sturdiness of shutters help prevent heat loss, therefore, in turn, saving on energy bills. Wooden shutters specifically are known as thermally dynamic.
This means they reflect the majority of the cold air from outside before it reaches your home’s interior.
THE DISADVANTAGES OF CURTAINS
Curtains, while not made from as dense material as shutters, can offer a great amount of flexibility in that they come in a plethora of different materials, and are easier to install than shutters.
While sheer and net materials won’t aid at all in insulating a home, a quality heavy black-out curtain will contribute to heat loss to an extent.
The only downside of this setup is that the room instantly becomes a lot darker. This might be great for cosy nights, not so desired on a summer day.
Whether a curtain can help reduce heat loss in the home as much as wooden shutters can (up to 51% reduction) remains to be seen however.
Although they are indeed a very popular choice, in order for curtains to be efficient at keeping your home warm, they need to be closed fully. This not only darkens your home immediately, but also completely obscures the view outside.
Window Shutters Are The Warmer Choice
Without a doubt, window shutters aren’t just the warmer choice; they’re also the easier choice to live with, allowing you the flexibility of opening the louvers as and when you see fit while still providing a certain amount of insulation.
Compare this to curtains, which need to be blackout and fully closed in order to provide a real difference.
SHUTTERS WITH CURTAINS
One way to prevent as much heat loss as possible is to pair shutters with curtains. Not only does this minimise heat loss or the amount of warm air entering a room, but with some imagination, it can also look stunning. The flow of the curtain fabric softens the lines of modern shutters to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Finding curtains that look great with your shutters is easy due the vast choice of curtains available. You can keep things understated with plain curtains or choose a vivid pattern; it’s just a matter of preference.
Café shutters with curtains are a wonderful way to enjoy daylight, while letting in plenty of light and fresh air when desired. Café style shutters are open at the top, so are perfect for blocking out interior views from prying eyes in ground floor premises, without restricting light and air flow. Pairing them with curtains offers even more flexibility.
If you’re looking for notable additional insulation in your home, enough to have influence on your monthly heating bills, we suggest you look at the window shutters we have available here at Diamond Window Shutters. Contact us today on 020 83022447.
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