Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Colorado Springs, CO weather

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Here in Colorado Springs, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to choose whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly read about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the added bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a couple 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 prevent the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm your home. 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.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help inhibit 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 you’d like.

As technology has advanced, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, taking off your window’s screens was commonly 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 switch 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 professionals at (888) 883-8364 or drop by our showroom in Colorado Springs.