The Guide To Closing Your Energy Efficient Shutters In The Winter, Orlando, FL!12/29/2015Todd Hansen This January, savvy landlords in Orlando are finding things to do to get maximum energy efficiency for their homes. And it takes more than a simple window treatment. Increasing energy efficiency starts with the right window treatments. And that’s shutters - the right shutters. Completely closed, these energy efficient shutters sustain the house at a pleasant temperature. Here a guide to closing Polywood® plantation shutters for ultimate energy efficiency this winter season, Orlando, FL! Maximizing Energy Efficiency Starts With The Right Interior Shutters In Orlando Window fashions like blinds, shades, and curtains are manufactured from substances that are not good insulators. Not only are the materials porous, but they also leave a gap around the edge of the material which lets in chilly air during the winter months. Plantation shutters are the most energy efficient window treatment money can buy in Orlando, FL. That’s because of the frame that seals every corner of the window and the quality material the shutter components are built from. Polywood plantation shutters are fashioned with a frame that seals off the sides of the window. They’re made from a solid polymer, with exclusive weatherstripping. All this together means Polywood shutters reduce airflow by up to 30%. And insulate 70% better than an equivalent solid wood shutter. That’s why they’re the most energy efficient shutters. Steps To Closing Your Plantation Shutters For Maximum Energy Efficiency In The Winter 1. Close The Panels: When the shutter panels are wide open, gently swing them to cover the window pane. This creates a second layer to the much colder temperatures of Orlando winters. 2. Interlock The Weatherstripping While shutting the shutters, don’t forget to interlock the weatherstripping. That’s an exclusive component only available on Polywood shutters from Sunburst Shutters Orlando. It’s a layer of weatherstripping material that is found on the vertical sides of the panels where they meet in the heart of your window. Double check that the weatherstripping material interlocks to block off light and air. 3. Close The Louvers Commonly, plantation shutters come with a front mount tilt rod. Press the tilt rod toward the window so that the shutter louvers tilt up. As the louvers are adjusted, the window shutters are entirely closed. In this position, the shutter louvers are blocking air and light, thanks to the way Polywood louvers are manufactured. For rear mount tilt rods, adjust a 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, move the tilt rod into the mousehole-shaped notch in the shutter frame. This setup ensures the louvers are closed all the way. Now the louvers are vertical, allowing for more light and temperature blocking. Watch this design tip for a demonstration of how to close your Polywood shutters to maximize energy efficiency. Talk To Your Local Specialist About Energy Efficient Shutters In Orlando, FL Got more questions on how to utilize your interior shutters for maximum energy efficiency? Looking to buy energy efficient window shutters in Orlando, FL? Our experts can answer any and all your questions and help you in choosing energy efficient shutters. Call us at 407-630-7011 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home design consultation today!