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How Much Money Could You Save on Utility Bills with Interior Shutters?

How Much Money Could You Save on Utility Bills with Interior Shutters?A lot of people have a desire to save money on their utility bills as often as possible. It’s one of the reasons why many homeowners throughout Toronto continually upgrade to more energy efficient appliances, including the refrigerator, air conditioning units, dishwasher, washer and dryer, and much more. When you’re looking at improving energy efficiency and cutting back on the type of drafts you may feel through your windows during the winter, you may have heard that interior wood shutters can make a world of difference.

Interior wood shutters will certainly add a layer of insulation to your home over your windows. 40 percent of a home’s heat and cool air is going to be lost through drafty and old, outdated windows and entry doors. The more you can do to help cut back on the drafts, the more you’re going to do to help save yourself money on your heating expenses during winter and cooling expenses during the summer.

How much a particular homeowner should expect to save when they install interior wood shutters in their home is going to depend on a number of factors. First and foremost, it’s going to depend on the ambient temperature the homeowner sets their thermostat. Just a single degree or two differential can cost $100 a year or more on heating expenses.

The size of the house is also going to be important. If it’s a large house and the homeowner keeps the thermostat set high, interior shutters are not likely going to save that much money on those utility bills.

They can certainly save some money during winter, but they can be even more effective during the summer. By controlling the amount of direct sunlight that gets into the home, the homework and cut back on the heat generated from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

To learn more about the impact interior shutters can have on your particular utility bills, contact Canada Custom Shutters today.

Shutters Will Save on Heating Costs

california-650As you prepare your home for the upcoming winter, you’re probably looking for ways to save money on your heating bill. Interior shutters are a great way to do just that. Plantation shutters are fitted to the interior side of a window, and usually chosen for their aesthetic appeal. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient: Wood shutters offer R-values as high as 3.17.

Both wood and synthetic shutters insulate well but wood is better because it resists temperature conductivity more efficiently. Because the shutters fit tightly into window frames, they also block the transfer of heat through air movement or convection, creating a barrier between outside temperatures and your home’s interior. The insulating barrier between the closed shutters and the window will help to decrease both heat loss and summer heat gain. Shutters are widely considered to be the most energy efficient window treatment, and ours are the best of the best!

Canada Custom Shutters’ Artisan and Polymaxx collections make fantastic additions for those looking for style and energy efficiency. The Artisan Collection is high quality hardwood. All materials provide some level of barrier against heat and cold but wood is the best. An inch of wood is 15 times as efficient an insulator as concrete, 400 times as efficient as steel and 1,770 times as efficient as aluminum. In addition to the insulating qualities they provide in the winter, these shutters are both heat and UV-resistant, making them extremely useful in the summertime as well. In contrast to traditional shutters that fade and warp over time, our shutters resist these problems and are made to last.

Canada Custom Shutters is headquartered in Toronto and we service all surrounding areas. We support reforestation programs by sourcing lumber from North American forests. Additionally we use low VOC paint, stains, and solvents. We have been in business since 1987 and we offer a full line of interior and exterior shutters. We also do louvered doors, room dividers, and hardware. Call us today for a free quote.