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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Raleigh is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that might 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 upcoming winter.

Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are just one added barrier for much wanted natural light through the dreary winter season. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps decrease the amount of snow that can get wedged between your screen and window.
  • Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter months 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 would’ve entered the home.

Now that you have this background, 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 necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take extra steps to increase their energy efficiency in Raleigh’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 up to you.

If you have any more 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 919-324-0196, check out our Raleigh showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.