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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Danville, IL weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Danville, IL weather

Here in Danville, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you get ready 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 good time to decide whether you want 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 sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the additional benefits to taking window screens off? Here are three points to think about:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually keep 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 revealed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have entered the home.

  • Prevents 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 keep out 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 you can.

As technology has improved, pulling 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 commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help boost 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 helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 217-443-3355 or come by our showroom in Danville.

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