Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?
Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Danville is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a busy time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one item 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, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much desired natural light during the dreary winter months. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and propels it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get trapped 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 season 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.
With this new information, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take more steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Danville’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is all yours.
If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 217-443-3355, check out our Danville showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.