|One of 10 doors leading to a patio|
with full length shutters
Privacy: You won't walk down a residential street during an evening in France and be able to look into a kitchen or living room of the houses you are walking by. In fact in many neighborhoods the houses are behind a fence or tall bushes. French people are very private and shutters are normally be closed in the evening when the family is inside. If they are open in the morning then you know your neighbors are awake and up and about.
Regulate Temperature: Shutters play a very important role in keeping the house comfortable. Very few houses have air conditioning. We live in the South of France where temperatures are mild compared to my home state of Iowa but I was a little nervous about living here without air conditioning. So far the summer of 2014 has been extremely pleasant but we did have a stretch of few days where temperatures were in the 90's (F.).
|Very large sliding doors/shutters|
leading to main patio
In winter the thick shutters help to keep the cold out. The opposite technique is used. The shutters remain closed when the sun is not shining and opened to allow the sun to heat the house. If it is very windy and cold the shutters can be kept closed to keep out drafts.
Regulate Noise: When you completely shut up the house you have a whole new level of quiet. Since we live just outside of town our house is very quiet at night.
|Example of metal lock|
for full door shutters.
Our house has at least ten doors with shutters that close up with solid wood doors, 3 large windows that we can draw the shutters across or turn a handle to bring the shutters down. Small windows in our kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room don't have shutters.
The first night we were here it was quite and adventure to go around the entire house and close everything up.
Windows also don't have screens. This is one thing I would change in at least a few areas if I could. It would be nice to keep the flies and tiny lizards out when we want to let the air in.