Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Shrewsbury, MA weather
Here in Shrewsbury, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.
You’ve routinely heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the additional bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to take in to consideration:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens can actually prevent
the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it might
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up 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 entered the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid
- Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the chilly winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.
As technology has improved, pulling 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 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 switch to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.
To learn more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at (508) 925-7149 or come by our showroom in Shrewsbury.