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Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Raleigh, North Carolina weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Raleigh, North Carolina weather

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:

  • Increased 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.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • 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 weather.

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.

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