Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Rochester, Minnesota weather

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Here in Rochester, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you prepare for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to determine whether you want to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely read about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually block the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help keep your home warm. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study showed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have come inside the home.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out 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 can.

As technology has improved, taking 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 typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm windows help increase efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners switch to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To learn more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 507-847-1060 or drop by our showroom in Rochester.