Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Annapolis, Maryland weather

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Here in Annapolis, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve frequently seen us write about how energy efficient windows are critical 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 play a role in energy efficiency? What are the other benefits to taking window screens off? Here are three 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 can actually keep the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. 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 come inside the home.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the dreary winter months. If you don’t already have high transparency screens, such as Pella Windows and Doors’s Vivid View® and InView™ Screens, pulling off your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.

As technology has advanced, pulling off 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 typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help improve 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 helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 240-293-1068 or drop by our showroom in Annapolis.