Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Shrewsbury is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you want to make sure is 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 time for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light through the dreary winter days. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get wedged 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 through the winter months to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” 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 Shrewsbury’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is yours.
If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at (508) 925-7149, stop by our Shrewsbury showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.