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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Falls Church is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that might 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 item that you want to make sure is 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 season for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much desired natural light through the dreary winter months. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive 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 trapped 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 screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.

Now that you have this background, it’s a great 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 no longer need to take more steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Falls Church’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 more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other inquiries about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 301-354-3689, visit our Falls Church showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.