Extreme heat or cold easily enters most homes straight through the windows, by up to 10 times the rate of insulated surfaces!
The Summer Heat Trap
The sun generates short wave solar radiation rays that penetrate normal window glass relatively easily, and are absorbed by the surfaces in the room and then emitted again in the form of heat radiation.
Sun Beating You Down?
Definitely not. Our shutters are insulated & foam filled but not all are. Shutter wall thickness, insulation and the material itself all make a huge difference in climate control abilities of each shutter. While all of our products are suitable for this use we would recommend staying clear of thin, un-insulated shutters that have that "cheap" feel. Saving money is a great reason to buy shutters. Giving all those savings back by choosing a cheap, inferior product is not good.
Of course - although maximum interior temperature control is achieved by having multiple roller shutters to retain as much heat/cooling as possible, even one shutter can help protect that one room in your home that experiences the biggest temperature fluctuations. Plus, if you get one and love it you can easily add others later.
Definitely not! Keeping your home cool in summer is a big part of the capabilities of your new shutter. Running the air conditioning or fans to get your home cool only works as long as you aren't constantly battling the heat outside. Close your shutter, cool it off and it will stay a lot cooler. Power bills can be incredibly high in winter or summer and our shutters protect you on both ends of the severe weather spectrum.
Every Ultimate Roller Shutter insulates your home in three ways:
- The slats reflect the suns rays and prevent them from penetrating the window. It is far more effective to shade window glass from short wave radiation to prevent it penetrating the home interior, rather than deal with the problem once the heat has entered your home. Up to 80% of short wave radiation generated is deflected by the shutter surface.
- Each individual slat contains an air pocket or injected polyurethane. This additional insulation inside the slats minimises the rate of converted long wave radiation heat transference to the back of the slats.
- Air is trapped between the window and the shutter providing a double glazed effect to absorb extremes in hot or cold weather temperatures. Some heat does travel to the back of the slats where is can heat up the adjacent air cavity accumulating in front of the glazing but cannot penetrate it, only a residual amount of heat is caught in convection currents which can transfer to the window glass from where it can be conducted to the building interior.