Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Petoskey, MI weather

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Here in Petoskey, 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 responsibilities will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to choose whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely read about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from entering 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 additional benefits to taking window screens off? Here are three points to take in to consideration:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm 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. Taking out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the gray 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, 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 put in. Storm windows help increase efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners move to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 231-622-4417 or stop by our showroom in Petoskey.