Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Falls Church, VA weather

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Here in Falls Church, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely seen us write about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens impact energy efficiency? What are the other benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually keep 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 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.

  • Prevents 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 dreary 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’d like.

As technology has improved, 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 commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help boost 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 appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 703-537-5697 or drop by our showroom in Falls Church.