Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Greensboro, North Carolina weather

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Here in Greensboro, 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 usually top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to determine whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve frequently seen us write about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the additional benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to take in to consideration:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it might be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study indicated that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have gone in to the home.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • 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, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.

As technology has developed, 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 typically 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 change to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To hear more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 336-203-0576 or drop by our showroom in Greensboro.