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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Petoskey 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 head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing 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 season for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay 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 could be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:

  • Letting in more natural light—Window screens are an additional barrier for much wanted natural light throughout the dreary winter days. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to fill your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and sends 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 coming into 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 leaving screens on throughout 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 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 more steps to improve their energy efficiency in Petoskey’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder with your window screens—the choice is all yours.

If you have any further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 231-622-4417, check out our Petoskey showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.