Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler South Portland, ME weather

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Here in South Portland, 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 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 routinely seen us write 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 impact energy efficiency? What are the added bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to think about:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually prevent the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it might be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. 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 gone in to the home.

  • Stops 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 chilly 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 possible.

As technology has advanced, removing your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, taking off your window’s screens was usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help increase 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 weather.

To hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 207-517-2331 or stop by our showroom in South Portland.