Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Westerly is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the cooler season.
Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the cooler months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light through the dreary winter season. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and sends it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get trapped between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Westerly’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is all yours.
If you have any further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 401-315-7032, check out our Westerly showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.