Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Greenfield, MA weather
Here in Greenfield, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work always 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 determine whether you’re going 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 play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are three points to consider:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block
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 gone in to the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit
- 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, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.
As technology has advanced, taking off 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 typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help improve 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 proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at (413) 829-0299 or come by our showroom in Greenfield.