Having shutters covering the windows can be a great asset for your home or business. They can protect your storefront from break-ins, help protect properties during storms or bush fires, and help reduce energy bills by blocking the hot summer sun. There are many types of shutters with several operational options.
Manual Shutter Operation
If you’re using shutters on smaller windows, or your budget is limited, you might consider choosing manually operated shutters. These shutters can be opened and closed from inside the house or business by turning a handle. Roller shutters using manual operation should not be used for windows over 2.75 metres squared, otherwise it can be difficult to raise and lower them as the shutters could be too heavy.
Electric Shutter Operations
Some window shutters can be operated by flipping a switch inside of the house when the weather starts looking bad or when there are threats of bush fires in the area. Electrically operated shutters are connected to the main power and all the shutters can be operated by the same switch, or they can be individually operated. A sensor can also be attached to the shutters so when the sun comes up, or storm clouds roll in, the shutters will be triggered and closed automatically.
Electric shutters can also be operated with a remote control, so you can raise and lower the shutters from anywhere in the house. Remote operation is a good choice for business owners because they can use it to lower the shutters when they’re leaving at night. Most companies manufacturing shutters with remotes offer a variety of models, including master remotes which can operate all of the shutters for a home or business.
Solar Shutter Operations
If you don’t want the shutters on your home connected to the main power, you can select solar operated shutters. In some rural areas, building codes require shutters to operate independently of the main power, so a roller shutter operated with solar power would be an ideal option. Solar powered shutters can be up to 3.6 metres wide and use the sun’s power to keep the batteries charged to power their motors.
Spring-loaded Shutter Operations
Like manually operated shutters, spring-loaded shutters use a handle and key lock to operate them. While they are not recommended for residential use because the mechanism is located outside, they are a good option for businesses. They can be used during blackouts because they are not connected to the main power.
Battery Shutter Operations
Another option for operating a roller shutter without being connected to the main power is a battery driven motor. If you live in an area which is prone to blackouts, or power is frequently lost during violent storms, then battery driven shutters are a good option for either your home or business. For most battery operated systems, the battery can be used once a day for 25 days before it needs to be recharged.
The size of the windows and operation frequency should be considered when choosing how the shutters should be operated.