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:
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.
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 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
To hear more about proper
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 207-253-1856 or stop
by our showroom in South Portland.