When closed, shutters become the next best defense against Chicago’s wind and extreme temperatures – after your windows. Other window treatments such as blinds, shades, and draperies block most of the temperature from the outdoors, but not all. And, where your window treatment’s quality means the difference between a comfortable spot by the window and one that’s not, Polywood® shutters are the preferred choice.
We make Polywood shutters from a synthetic polymer that insulates up to 70% better than a comparable traditional wood shutter. In fact, the Polywood Shutter Insulating System blocks up to 30 degrees of airflow and reduces heat transfer by 45.96%. This translates into energy savings for your wallet – and full control over room temperature.
The heating and cooling system in your home won’t have to work so hard since you’ve now blocked off most of the impact from the outside weather. If you want to let in some of the light and be more exposed to the outside temperature, just slant the louvers and adjust them the way you’d like. Get even more window treatment temperature control. Simply follow the instructions below to close your shutters all the way.
How to Close Your Shutters for Maximum Temperature Control
There are two parts of your shutters that need to be closed to seal off outside temperature: the panels and the louvers.
To properly close your Polywood shutter panels, swing them toward the window. As you push the panels into the shutter frame, check that the pieces of weatherstripping interlock along the vertical ends of your shutters.
To properly close your louvers, push the tilt rod toward the louvers, making sure the top of the tilt rod fits into the “mouse hole” just above the top louver. Do this by running your hand up the tilt rod, pushing in as you go. This is also true for taller shutters. Sometimes a soft push at the bottom of the tilt rod isn't enough and doesn’t close gaps at the top.