It looks like the summer is finally upon us which means barbecues, long evenings, walks in the park, al fresco dining and of course, the much missed sun. Whilst summer is a great time for most people, the only downside is that with very few houses boasting air conditioning, the only option is to leave windows open which can be a concern for some.
Leaving windows open during the day while you are at work or overnight when you are in bed, makes security a primary concern. A wide open window is a tempting invitation for burglars, especially if your property isn’t very well over-looked or you live in the middle of nowhere.
One of the many benefits of shutters however is that they can be partially opened – thus offering both ventilation and security on open windows. As well as being much less obvious than a wide open window, it is also very difficult for burglars to detect if somebody is at home as they can’t see through them. With magnets attached to the shutters as well to stop them flying open you can be rest assured that they provide a brilliant and secure option during the warmer months.
Shutters in the summer are also great for south facing rooms. Having the option to tilt the louvres to control the intensity of the sun light thus maintaining light but keeping rooms cool are a huge benefit. This also prevents wood floors, carpets and furniture from fading by direct sunlight through windows.
Open windows and pets aren’t always the best combination either. Perhaps you have an indoor cat, a cat you prefer to stay indoors at night, a bird you sometimes let out of its cage or even an over-eager dog. Shutters are a great solution because they enable you to open your windows and let some cool air in without worrying that Felix and Rover are going to take themselves for a walk.
With curtains and windows left wide open in the summer, the privacy we are normally used to suddenly disappears. If you are lucky enough to look out onto miles and miles of fields this is unlikely to be a problem but for most of us, chances are that we don’t want to provide an open house for our neighbours. Even when partially opened, it’s incredibly difficult to see into a property that boasts shutters so you can go about your everyday business without worrying about what the neighbours or any people walking past can see.
To see all our shutter options available to you and how they can be used in the summer, please feel free to visit our gallery.