By: Erica

Can you say dollars out the window?  No pun intended of course. Shutters in my mind are a complete waste of money. I visited a friend recently and was blown away when she opened the doors on her windows, and not in a good way. I had no idea such a thing existed, but I was not impressed. At first glance, I actually thought they were regular 2″ wood blinds, but clearly they were a horse of a different color. Or should I say these stable doors are only meant for horses and barns? If you haven’t noticed I did not like her new shutters.

My apologies if I have offended anyone who owns this product, including my dear friend who isn’t very happy with me and my very vocal opinion. Now, of course, my friend wanted to talk up the shutters and why they are so great, as to convince me that they are an in fact, a superior product. Which I would do as well if I spent as much as she did on them She explained some of the advantages they possess to try to sway my opinion. I can bore you with all of the fancy lingo her interior designer told her to close the sale, but only one advantage caught me by surprise. Plantation shutters (correct terminology) are considered energy efficient. They apparently keep your room warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. For those of you who do not know, she told me I could be losing 25-50 percent of the energy you put into heating or cooling your home through your windows.  In the winter, closing the shutters help protect against cold drafts which will ultimately keep your room warmer, and during the summer the shutters will keep the harsh sunlight and heat out of the house.

After hearing that, I became slightly more interested in the barn doors and thought maybe in the long run they could potentially pay for themselves. That was until I got on Google and did some research of my own. Although plantation shutters were reviewed to have great insulation properties, it turns out – wood blinds, faux wood blinds, solar shades, and cellular shades are as good if not better at providing energy efficiency. And, every one of these products cost a fraction of shutters. So after all this talk about this product that I still believe is a waste of money, I will still enter my friend’s home, but avoid looking at her windows, and I am currently doing research on some faux wood blinds for my house.