Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Evansville, IN weather

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Here in Evansville, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work always 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 choose whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly read about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens impact energy efficiency? What are the other perks to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually prevent the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study showed 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.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the gray winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.

As technology has improved, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off your window’s screens was typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help increase 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 find out more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 812-228-7000 or come by our showroom in Evansville.