People in Las Vegas may be under the impression that you should only install your new plantation shutters in the summer, because they are functional to keep cool air in during the hot period of the year. While this is absolutely true, you should also realize that plantation shutters function in a way that keeps warm air in as well, if that is what you are trying to do. Las Vegas weather is extreme, and in the summers you can expect high electric bills due to the air conditioning continually running. In order to keep your hours cool during the times when it is over 95 degrees outside, you can close the shutter louvers slightly and create a more effective barrier against the warm air on the inside of the windows, preventing it from leaking into your room which causes your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. While you do not need to close them entirely, creating as much of a barrier as possible between the glass and the inside of the room will help to lower the costs of the electricity that powers your air conditioner. In the winters, you will find that the issue is actually the opposite, and your windows themselves are the point where warm air escapes. In this case your plantation shutters should be closed as much as possible in order to prevent the leakage of warmed air past them, and through the small gaps and cracks that are present around the area where your windows themselves join the walls. The ambient temperatures outside also have an effect on the air inside the window, effectively heating or cooling the air inside of the room. The plantation shutters will also assist in preventing this air from coming into your room and forcing your systems to work harder.
It is a fact that no matter if your house is well insulated or not plantation shutters will benefit you. This is because even if you are not leaking much interior air through your walls, you are going to be having ambient temperatures increased or decreased due to the glass in your windows. In extreme climates like Las Vegas, the air outside is almost constantly hooter or cooler than you would like the interior air to be, meaning that you are going to have to run your heater or your air conditioner in order to compensate. The installation of plantation shutters, or any window coverings, is going to help to keep the hot or cold air that is gathering inside your windows from leaking into your room interiors, and ultimately forcing your systems to work harder. Plantation shutters are considered the most effective method of reducing this issue due to the fact that they are made of a hard surface. Drapes or shades will still allow air to pass through pretty effectively, and even though they do help to a degree, it is not as effective as completely blocking that air out. Only plantation shutters can do this.