Here in Westerly, 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 jobs will no
doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great
time to decide whether you’re going to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve routinely read 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
bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a
few points to think about:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens might actually keep
the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it could
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm your home. In fact, a Midcoast
Green Collaborative study indicated that screens left
on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that
otherwise would have come inside the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help prevent
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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, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has developed, taking
off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and
more of a style preference. In the past, removing
your window’s screens was typically done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm
windows help boost 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
To hear more about proper
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella specialists at 401-315-7032 or come
by our showroom in Westerly.