Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Hunt Valley, MD weather

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Here in Hunt Valley, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to decide whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve frequently seen us write about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the added perks to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:

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

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the gray winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.

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

To learn more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 410-698-1950 or drop by our showroom in Hunt Valley.