Ah yes, Graham, but if you had wooden shutters they wouldn't get hot and transfer heat and would keep the sun off the double glazed windows so you would have double protection from the sun.
Out of interest, do the metal shutters also transfer the cold into the house in winter? Do they ever ice up? Not sure where you are exactly, but I know that some areas of the island have frosts in winter. I do not. so am very fortunate. Our architect always impressed on us the importance of the "angle" of the house to make sure you made the best use of the prevailing weather. I think he has been proved right in our case.
Best wishes to you and to Angela
Message posted by Graham T-A on 26 July 2011 at 9:16am - IP Logged
Lavinia, no transfere of hot or cold from the outside as we keep the windows shut against it. We did stay in a house with wooden shutters but still found we had to shut the windows as the hot air passed between the slats which are wider in the wooden shutters. Although we do get some frosts outside the house our house is generally very warm in the new build but cooler in the old stone part. I'm not saying that wooden ones are any better or worse. We walked into our house yesterday after arriving back from UK and as we walked in I thought had forgotten to turn the aircon off as there was such a temprature drop. All was well though as the electric was off so aircon off as well. A well built house should be cool in the summer so long as you always shut out any direct sun.
Before we added the upstairs and we had a concrete slab we could arrive in the middle of the night to temps of over 40 inside but now we have all the insulation in the roof and walls it's nice and cool.
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