Even though it can be hard to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Terre Haute is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that may 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 won’t want to forget on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.
Window screens are really important in the summer season for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and could be better removed from your windows. Here’s a few reasons you may want to remove your screens:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light through 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 huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce 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 during 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 could have entered the home.
With this new information, it’s the perfect 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 no longer need to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Terre Haute’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 up to you.
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 team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 812-234-0729, visit our Terre Haute showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.