Most people nowadays want their home to be a bit greener, and a big part of this process involves learning about the environmental effects of a certain product before diving straight into a purchase. These little decisions make a big impact over time, and asking yourself whether or not something is eco-friendly should ideally extend to every aspect of your home. So how do window shutters fare on the environmental scale? What are the eco-friendly benefits of window shutters, if any? Arguably, shutters have a whole host of environmental benefits compared to other available window treatments, i.e. curtains and blinds. Of course, shutters come in many different shapes and sizes, so there will always be an element of personal taste in the exact decisions you make, but here are some factors to keep in mind if environmental impact is a big factor in your home designs.
1. Keep insulated without gas
Thin panes of glass are classic culprits for heat loss. If you’re after a great way to reduce your household energy-usage (not to mention cut down on your bills), look no further than solid window shutters. When internal shutters are closed they have an insulating effect similar to that of double glazing, sealing the opening completely without gaps and ensuring that no heat escapes through the windows or doors. This effect is particularly evident when using naturally insulated materials such as wood. Plus, environmental benefits aside, having insulation that’s so easy to access will make controlling the temperature in your house a breeze (or lack thereof)!
2. Use sustainable materials
Luckily, the most common materials for shutters – real wood and PVC – are known for being eco-friendly and sustainable. Just be sure to look out for FSC certified wood that has been responsibly sourced from sustainable forests and woods.
Curtains and blinds seem to be in constant need of repair, and we often replace them altogether because they begin to look aged and out-of-date. Wooden shutters are made of far more durable materials, as well as being more timeless as a piece of decor, and you can expect to maintain them for at least 20 years without a problem. Not as much replacing and repairing means not as much material wasted in the long run – a reliable way to reduce your carbon footprint!
3. Live the low-maintenance lifestyle
Fabric curtains are notoriously high-maintenance, and they often get super dirty across the top and in the folds. So as well as being a bit of a hassle, washing them on a regular basis does no good to the environment – especially with all of that wasted water and electricity. On the other hand, shutters are known for being the most low-maintenance option, requiring nothing more than a quick weekly dust-off. Without requiring regular washes and the use of damaging cleaning materials, shutters are a lot more sustainable and eco-friendly than its dusty counterparts.
4. Introduce more natural light
One of the main appeals of shutters over different kinds of window treatments is their ability to control light. For instance, when the sun starts shining too much on a bright summer’s day, shutters are a great way to limit the amount of natural light without removing it completely. As such, the need for artificial lighting is significantly reduced.
For more help with your shutters get in touch with the Diamond Shutters team and we’d be delighted to help!
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