If you are redoing your home or are thinking about design ideas for a new place, you have probably considered plantation shutters. When you are looking at all of your options for window coverings, the plantation shutters are recognized as the best of the best, far superior to drapes, shades and curtains. You may be making your decision based upon budget, and leaning away from the plantation shutters because the other forms of window covering are cheaper. This is actually a little bit short sighted, because over time plantation shutters will actually pay for themselves if you live an an extreme environment like Las Vegas. Shades and curtains will only cover the windows and will function to keep privacy intact, but plantation shutters actually have an ability to earn their keep.
So how is this possible? It is based on the fact that plantation shutters are part of the home’s insulation system, and will actually reduce your air conditioning and heating bills each year. Your insulation in your home does not just keep the home warm in the winter. It actually keeps the home cooler in the summer as well, by preventing the hot air outside from leaking into the home. Your heating and cooling systems are constantly in a battle to keep the air temperature inside your house at a level that you decide, and it is constantly being pushed to the level that is outside. When you are in a room with the air conditioning running, the idea of insulation is to keep that cool air in, instead of it simply leaking to the outside and being replaced with the hot air from there. Good insulation within your walls does wonders to reduce your air conditioning bills, but unfortunately the weak spot in the insulation system is the windows. Especially in the summer when the sun beats on the window outside, that air just inside the window is dramatically increased and is heating the ambient temperatures of the room itself. By installing plantation shutters into the window frame, we place a solid barrier against that hot air that is collecting inside the glass. This allows that air to remain trapped in that position, instead of flowing out into the room or through the material of curtains. This can reduce ambient temperatures in a Las Vegas home by upwards of 20 degrees on summer days, allowing your air conditioning systems to work significantly less. This can take a 400 dollar electric bill and turn it into a 250 dollar bill every month. When you look a the costs of an average home to install plantation shutters, then factor in the significant savings that they can provide each and every month, you see quickly that after only a few years with plantation shutters in your home you will have paid for them with savings. In this way, plantation shutters can be viewed as an investment. Consider the fact that they stay with the house which adds resale value, and they all make sense.