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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 Hunt Valley is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.

Window screens are really important in the summer time for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much desired natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Removing 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 sends it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get stuck between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter season to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.

Now that you’ve received this information, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” 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 don’t need to take more steps to improve their energy efficiency in Hunt Valley’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is yours.

If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 301-354-3633, check out our Hunt Valley showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.