Operating Instructions for Energy Efficiency

Polywood Shutter Operating Instructions

Polywood Shutters are designed to insulate your windows, and if used correctly, will minimize your monthly energy costs. These instructions were designed to enable you to get the maximum benefit from your shutters by using the shutters’ uniqueness correctly.

To close the shutters

In order to maximize the insulation properties of the shutters, two parts need to be closed: the louvers and the panels they sit in. To close the panels, swing them towards the window. You will see inter-locking pieces of weather stripping running vertically up the sides of the panels. Make sure that these interlock when you push the panels into the frame.

This is very important, as the louvers will not be “locked” into place unless the top of the rod is correctly set. Just above the topmost louver, you will see a small notch. To close the louvers, push the tilt rod towards them, making sure that the top end of the rod fits into the notch, thus locking the louvers.

When should you close the shutters?

Polywood Shutters can be likened to a window. Under normal circumstances, you would never throw open your windows during a blizzard or in the extreme heat of high summer. In the same way, Polywood Shutters should be kept closed during both the coldest and the hottest time of the year. As a general rule, if you’re using air conditioning or heating, the shutters should be kept closed. This will give you the best energy saving conditions.