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:
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.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid
- 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
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.