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:
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.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking
out your screens can help you avoid
- 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
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.