How Window Shutters Help You Control Room Temperature Closed shutters are the next best barrier against the extreme temperature and wind in Atlanta, coming right after windows. Window treatments such as blinds, shades, and draperies block most of the temperature from outside, but not all. And, where the quality of your window treatment means the difference between a pleasant seat next to the window and one that’s not, Polywood® shutters are the preferred choice. Polywood shutters are built 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 lessens heat transfer by 45.96%. This translates into energy savings for your home – and full control over room temperature. Your home’s HVAC system will work faster now that you’ve blocked off most of the impact from the weather outside. When you want to bring in some of the effects of the external elements, just move the louvers open and adjust them to how you’d like them. Get more window treatment temperature control. All you have to do is close your shutters completely. How to Close Your Shutters for Complete Temperature Control There are two parts of your shutters that should be closed to seal off external temperature: the panels and the louvers. To properly close your Polywood shutter panels, 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 properly close your louvers, push the tilt rod toward the louvers and ensure that the top of the tilt rod will fit into the "mouse hole," which is above the top louver. It is best to run your hand up the tilt rod, pushing in as you go. This is especially true for taller shutters – sometimes a little push at the bottom of the tilt rod isn't enough and doesn’t close gaps at the top.