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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Annapolis is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you need to remember to include 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 season for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might 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 through the dreary winter days. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get stuck between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from coming into your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps during the winter season to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that may have entered the home.

With this new information, it’s the perfect 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 requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take additional steps to increase their energy efficiency in Annapolis’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is all yours.

If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 240-293-1068, visit our Annapolis showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.