Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Rochester is perfect for opening the 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 item that you want to make sure is on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the cooler season.
Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light throughout the dreary winter months. Taking off 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 propels it toward 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 entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through 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 would’ve entered the home.
With this new information, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” 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 aren’t required to take extra steps to improve their energy efficiency in Rochester’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is yours.
If you have any additional questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 507-847-1060, visit our Rochester showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.