Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Evansville 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 head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item that you won’t want to forget on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the cooler season.
Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping 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 a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light during the dreary winter season. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and propels it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get stuck 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 leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.
Now that you’ve received this information, 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 need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take more steps to improve their energy efficiency in Evansville’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 up to you.
If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 812-228-7000, stop by our Evansville showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.