Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia weather

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Here in North Carolina, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to choose whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve frequently heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the other bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually block the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study indicated that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have gone in to the home.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the dreary winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has advanced, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To find out more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 866-539-4196 or stop by our showroom in North Carolina.