How Window Shutters Help You Control Room Temperature When closed, shutters become the next best barricade against Colorado Springs’s wind and extreme temperatures – after your windows. Window treatments such as blinds, draperies, and shades block most of the temperature from outside, but not all. And, where the quality of your window treatment means the difference between a comfortable spot by the window and one that’s not, Polywood® shutters are the preferred choice. Polywood shutters are made from a synthetic polymer that insulates up to 70% better than a similar traditional wood shutter. In fact, the Polywood Shutter Insulating System blocks as much as 30 degrees of airflow and reduces heat transfer by 45.96%. This results in energy savings for your home – and total control over room temperature. The heating and cooling system in your house takes less time to work since you’ve now insulated against most of the impact from the outside weather. When you want to bring in some of the effects of the external elements, simply move the louvers and adjust them the way you’d like. Get even more window treatment temperature control by closing your shutters completely. How to Close Your Shutters for Optimal Temperature Control Two parts of your shutters should be closed to seal off outside temperature: the panels and the louvers. To close your Polywood shutter panels properly, swing them toward the window. As you move the panels into the shutter frame, ensure that the pieces of weatherstripping interlock along the vertical ends of your shutters. To close your louvers properly, push the tilt rod toward the louvers and make sure the top of the tilt rod fits into the "mouse hole," which is above the top louver. Do this by running your hand up the tilt rod, and push in as you go up. This is especially true for taller shutters – sometimes a little push at the bottom of the tilt rod isn't enough and leaves gaps at the top.