Here in Raleigh, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up
for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do
list, and one of your responsibilities will inevitably 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 heard us talk about how energy efficient windows are
critical during the summer months for blocking heat
from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
influence energy efficiency? What are the other
perks to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to take in to consideration:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens might actually keep
the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it might
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. 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 gone in to the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid
- Allows in
more natural light. Conventional screens can block the 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, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as you’d like.
As technology has improved, pulling off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and
more of a style preference. In the past, removing
your window’s screens was commonly done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. 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
To find out more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 919-324-0196 or come
by our showroom in Raleigh.