Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in South Portland is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children head 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 colder months.
Window screens are really important in the summer time for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep 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 months. Eliminating your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and propels it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get wedged 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 throughout the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.
Now that you’ve received this information, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take additional steps to improve their energy efficiency in South Portland’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 questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 207-253-1856, stop by our South Portland showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.