House shutters may make a big difference in controlling house temperatures

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 13:10

Radiant heaters make it easy for homeowners to limit the need of natural resources when it comes to warming their spaces with floor heating. However, there are other ways people can help regulate the climate inside their home without the need of a thermostat. Some methods don't require the expenditure of gas or oil, but instead rely upon smart practices when it comes to utilizing the sun and proper insulation. There are a number of products homeowners can use to help control temperatures in their homes that are only small adjustments such as installing shutters on your home.

A Portuguese architectural firm called e348 Architects recently finished a house where they implemented wooden shutters and a long balcony to help in the homeowner's quest for energy efficiency, reported Inhabitat. The shutters, which are capable of extending out far away from the walls of the building, run along an L-shaped balcony that covers half the house, according to Tech Investor News. The adaptability of the shutters is shown throughout the changing seasons as its benefits aid no matter the temperature, cold or hot, thanks to their mobility.

The shutters themselves are made from pine and insulated to help retain heat during winter, while also allowing ample air flow during the summer. They cover large windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling, which provides natural light to illuminate much of the house instead of electrical lights. Behind the large glass windows of the balcony is a wall riddled with small holes that helps capture air and creates a buffer against colder temperatures during brisk seasons.

Using innovative technologies to heat and cool your house is only one factor that contributes to the energy efficiency of a home. By combining these technologies with other smart designs in a house, homeowners can create a hybrid of sustainable measures that work together in reducing a building's carbon footprint along with the costs of wasteful energy practices.