plantation-650Running your heat is not the only way to keep your home warm this winter. You can lower your energy bills any number of ways – adding insulation, weatherproofing windows and doors, wearing warmer clothes inside, etc. Window shutters are another cost effective way to reduce your energy bills and keep your home feeling toasty.

Closing your shutters against chilly winter drafts does more than make the room feel cozier; it can also actually make the room warmer. You’ll be able to keep the heat lower longer by closing your window shutters to conserve interior heat. A lot of heat is lost through poorly insulated windows, your shutters add another layer that helps trap heat and keep out the cold.

Shutters are more effective than curtains or blinds in terms of energy efficiency. They also provide better privacy and security. With shorter days in the winter, we tend to keep our lights on longer; a habit that can lend itself to privacy issues. Shutters can act as a barrier to the outside and ensure that you and your family are safe.

By using plantation or solid panel shutters you can protect your family from prying eyes by simply closing them as it gets dark out. They can also act as a deterrent to an intruder because they are yet another barrier to traverse before getting into the home. During the day, shutters can be opened to provide the warm of the sun and natural light.

As previously mentioned, plantation or solid panel are the best styles to choose from both energy efficiency and privacy. Plantation shutters are a great choice because they feature louvered panels that can be adjusted. Plantation shutters are available in hardwood or painted wood, and they can also be waterproofed to be able to be used in high-moisture areas like bathrooms or kitchens.

Solid panel shutters originated in the Victorian era and are now used to help make homes more energy efficient. The solid wood panels provide a lot of coverage and can also help reduce external light and noise from entering your home. They are the most effective for privacy and a very popular choice for bedrooms.

Both of these shutter styles look great in your home and help reduce those high-energy costs. Indoor shutters can also be custom made to fit any window. Talk to an expert at Canada Custom Shutters and we’ll set you up with a free in-home consultation and get you on your way to a great winter in the Greater Toronto Area.