The Guide To Closing Your Energy Efficient Shutters This Winter Season, Phoenix, AZ!12/29/2015Greg Arnett This winter season, homeowners in Phoenix are finding steps to get maximum energy efficiency for their homes. And it takes more than a simple window treatment. Maximizing energy efficiency starts with the right window treatments. Not just any window treatments…shutters! Completely closed, these energy efficient shutters maintain the room at a pleasant temperature. Here are 4 easy steps to closing Polywood® plantation shutters for ultimate energy efficiency this winter, Phoenix, AZ! Maximizing Energy Efficiency Starts With The Right Plantation Shutters In Phoenix Window coverings like shades, curtains, and blinds are fabricated from elements that are poor insulators. Not only are the materials porous, but they also leave some space around the fringe of the material that lets in cold air during the winter. Plantation shutters are hands-down the most energy efficient window treatment you can find in Phoenix, AZ. That’s because of the frame which seals each corner of the window and the rigid material that shutter components are crafted from. Polywood plantation shutters are designed with a frame that seals off the sides of the window. They’re constructed from a solid polymer, and have exclusive weatherstripping. Together, this means Polywood shutters reduce airflow by up to 30%. And insulate 70% better than an equivalent solid wood shutter. This makes for the most energy efficient shutters. Steps To Closing Your Indoor Shutters To Maximize Energy Efficiency In The Winter 1. Close The Panels: If the shutter panels are resting on one or both sides of the window, gently swing them over the window pane. This creates an extra layer to the cold temperatures of Phoenix winters. 2. Interlock The Weatherstripping As you’re closing the panels, make sure to interlock the weatherstripping. That’s an exclusive element that only comes on Polywood shutters from Sunburst Shutters Phoenix. It’s a layer of weatherstripping material that is found on the vertical sides of the panels where they shut in the middle of your window. Make sure the weatherstripping material interlocks so that no air or light can enter. 3. Close The Louvers Most plantation shutters have a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutter panel. By pushing the tilt rod in and up, the shutter louvers tilt up. As the louvers are tilted all the way up, the interior shutters are entirely closed. In this position, the shutter louvers are blocking air and light, thanks to how the Polywood louvers are made. For plantation shutters with a rear mounted tilt rod, just adjust one louver up and the other louvers shift in the same way. 4. Push the tilt rod into the mousehole Once all the louvers are tilted upward, push the top of the tilt rod into the mousehole in the shutter frame. It makes sure the louvers are shut all the way. With the louvers completely vertical, the shutters can block more temperature and light. Watch this video for a step-by-step on closing your Polywood shutters to maximize energy efficiency. Contact Your Local Professional About Energy Efficient Shutters In Phoenix, AZ Have any questions about using your interior shutters for maximum energy efficiency? Want to order energy efficient window shutters in Phoenix, AZ? Our specialists are ready to answer all your questions and walk you through choosing energy efficient shutters. Give us a call at 480-485-7743 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home design consultation today!