Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Beltsville, Maryland weather

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Here in Beltsville, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to choose whether you’re going 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 entering your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the additional benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to think about:

  • Better 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 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.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit 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 improved, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, removing your window’s screens was usually 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 move 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 (301) 327-3013 or drop by our showroom in Beltsville.