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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in North Carolina is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.

Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter season. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.

With this new information, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take more steps to increase their energy efficiency in North Carolina’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is up to you.

If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella a call at 866-539-4196, check out our North Carolina showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.