How To Close Your Energy Efficient Shutters In The Winter, Houston, TX!12/29/2015Cory Cryer Each winter season, homeowners in Houston are searching for steps to get maximum energy efficiency for their homes. There’s more to it than covering your windows with any window treatment. Maximizing energy efficiency starts with the right window treatments. And that’s shutters - the right shutters. Completely closed, the energy efficient indoor shutters sustain the space at an agreeable temperature. Here a guide to closing Polywood® plantation shutters to get the most energy efficiency in the winter, Houston, TX! Ultimate Energy Efficiency Starts With The Right Window Shutters In Houston Window fashions like curtains, blinds, and shades are made from materials that are poor insulators. Not only are the materials porous, but they also leave some space around the border of the material which lets in chilly air in the wintertime. Plantation shutters are the most energy efficient window treatment in Houston, TX. This is due to the frame which seals each corner of the window and the quality material the shutter parts are made of. Polywood plantation shutters are designed with a frame to seal off the sides of the window. They’re constructed from a solid polymer, and have exclusive weatherstripping. Together, this means Polywood shutters minimize airflow by up to 30%. And insulate 70% better than an equivalent solid wood shutter. This results in the most energy efficient shutters. How To Close Your Indoor Shutters For Maximum Energy Efficiency This Winter 1. Close The Panels: When the shutter panels are resting on one or both sides of the window, simply swing them over the window pane. This will create another barrier to the much colder temperatures of Houston winters. 2. Interlock The Weatherstripping While closing the shutters, ensure that you interlock the weatherstripping. That’s an exclusive item only available on Polywood shutters from Sunburst Shutters Houston. It’s a layer of weatherstripping material that is strategically placed on the vertical sides of the panels where they touch in the heart of your window. Double check that the weatherstripping material interlocks so that no air or light can enter. 3. Close The Louvers Most plantation shutters feature a tilt rod mounted on the front of the shutter panel. Press the tilt rod toward the window so that the shutter louvers tilt up. As the louvers are shifted up, the indoor shutters are effectively closed. In this position, the shutter louvers are blocking air and light, thanks to the way Polywood louvers are made. If the tilt rod is rear mounted on the shutters, simply push a louver up and the other louvers move up with it. 4. Push the tilt rod into the mousehole With the louvers tilted up, push the top of the tilt rod into the mousehole-shaped notch in the shutter frame. It makes sure the louvers are shut to the max. The shutters are more effective at blocking light and temperature now that the louvers are vertical. See this clip for a demonstration on closing your Polywood shutters to maximize energy efficiency. Ask Your Local Specialist About Energy Efficient Shutters In Houston, TX Do you have any more questions about utilizing your indoor shutters for maximum energy efficiency? Want to purchase energy efficient window shutters in Houston, TX? Our professionals can answer your questions and help you in picking energy efficient shutters. Contact us at 713-853-9629 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home design consultation today!