Shutters & Energy Efficiency Drapes
Shades and shutters do even more than add curb appeal and privacy—these
beautiful and versatile window coverings also improve your home’s
energy efficiency for greater comfort and energy savings you can enjoy
all year long. At Bay Area Vinyl Shutters, we
manufacture and install a wide variety of
shutters, shades, and energy saving blinds near San Jose, including Polyclad
shutters, AllView shutters, and painted hardwood plantation shutters.
How Shutters Improve Energy Efficiency
Many factors contribute to the overall energy efficiency of your home,
which in turn directly affects the total you pay each month for utility
usage. Reducing the amount of energy your home requires for mechanical
heating and cooling is an easy and effective way to save money and live
a more eco-friendly lifestyle. There are two major ways in which window
shutters improve your home’s energy efficiency:
Shutters and many other insulating blinds can be used to physically block
the rays of the sun. Sunlight contains high-energy light that is responsible
for raising the temperature inside your home. During warm weather, this
means that your air conditioner must work harder to cool your home because
sunlight counteracts the work it is doing to reduce the indoor temperature.
By partially or fully blocking sunlight from entering your home, your
shutters will reduce or eliminate solar heating and its associated higher
- Shutters also form an added barrier that can help to insulate the glass
of your windows. Glass can easily allow heat to transfer from one side
to the other; particularly when it is cold outside, the heat from your
home’s interior can leach out through your windows, while drafts
can also lower the temperature inside your home and require additional
heating from your HVAC system. By closing your shutters, you can improve
the insulating properties of your windows and reduce the need for added
heating for cool weather energy savings.
Adjustable Home Lighting with Shutters
Direct sunlight not only adds to home heating, it can contribute glare
that affects visual comfort and the lighting conditions in your home throughout
the day. Because your shutters allow you to instantly adjust the amount
and type of light entering your home, they can eliminate glare while still
allowing some natural light through your windows.
This added control of your window coverings over natural lighting conditions
will reduce the need for artificial lighting for further energy savings.
Shutters can help you save 20-30% on your annual home energy costs by reducing
temperature changes and improving the quality of the natural light you
receive. Bay Area Vinyl Shutters is ready to help you enjoy better home
comfort and lower energy bills near San Jose—please call (888) 697-7186
to schedule your free in-home consultation today.