4 Easy Steps To Closing Your Energy Efficient Shutters This Winter Season, Southern California!12/29/2015Kimball Jones Each January, homeowners in Southern California are finding steps to maximize the energy efficiency of their homes. It’s not enough to have just any window treatments covering your windows. Increasing energy efficiency starts with the right window treatments. Not just any window treatments…shutters! Completely closed, energy efficient indoor shutters sustain the house at a comfortable temperature. Here’s how to close Polywood® plantation shutters to get the most energy efficiency this winter season, Southern California! Ultimate Energy Efficiency Starts With The Right Window Shutters In Southern California Window fashions such as blinds, shades, and curtains are manufactured from elements that do not insulate well. Not only are the materials porous, but they also leave some space around the edge of the material that lets in cold air during the winter. Plantation shutters are without a doubt the most energy efficient window treatment you can find in Southern California. That’s because of the frame which seals every corner of the window and the rigid material the shutter elements are made of. Polywood plantation shutters are designed with a frame which seals off the sides of the window. They’re manufactured from a solid polymer, and come with exclusive weatherstripping. All this together means Polywood shutters insulate 70% better than a comparable solid wood shutter. And they reduce airflow by up to 30%. This results in the most energy efficient shutters. Steps To Closing Your Plantation Shutters For The Most Energy Efficiency This Winter Season 1. Close The Panels: In case the shutter panels are resting on one or both sides of the window, simply swing them toward the window pane to cover it. This makes for another barrier to the cold temperatures of Southern California winters. 2. Interlock The Weatherstripping As you’re closing the shutter panels, make sure to interlock the weatherstripping. That’s an exclusive element that only comes on Polywood shutters from Sunburst Shutters Southern CA. The weatherstripping covers the vertical sides of the panels where they touch in the center of your window. Double check that the weatherstripping material interlocks to block off light and air. 3. Close The Louvers Usually, plantation shutters feature a front mount tilt rod. Push the tilt rod inward and upward to tilt the shutter louvers up. Once the louvers are shifted, the window shutters are effectively shut. Now, the louvers block light and air, thanks to how the Polywood louvers are manufactured. For plantation shutters with a rear mounted tilt rod, just move one louver up and the other louvers move up with it. 4. Push the tilt rod into the mousehole Now that the louvers are in an upward position, push the top of the tilt rod into the mousehole in the shutter frame. It guarantees the louvers are closed as tightly as possible. With the louvers completely vertical, the shutters can block more temperature and light. View this clip for a demo on closing your Polywood shutters for the most energy efficiency. Talk To Your Local Professional About Energy Efficient Shutters In Southern CaliforniaHave any questions about using your plantation shutters for maximum energy efficiency? Want to buy energy efficient window shutters in Southern California? Our specialists have the answers to any and all your questions and walk you through selecting energy efficient shutters. Call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home design consultation today!