Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Sunset Hills, MO weather

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Here in Sunset Hills, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great 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 critical 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 impact energy efficiency? What are the added perks to taking window screens off? Here are three points to consider:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually keep the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it may 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 entered the home.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help prevent this buildup.

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

As technology has developed, removing 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 usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help improve 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 find out more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at (314) 207-0622 or stop by our showroom in Sunset Hills.