Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Terre Haute, IN weather
Here in Terre Haute, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will no doubt 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 commonly seen us write about how energy efficient windows are critical during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the additional perks to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to think about:
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 might
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast
Green Collaborative study indicated that screens left
on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that
otherwise would have entered the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking
out your screens can help prevent
- 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, removing your window screens can help let in as much light as you can.
As technology has advanced, 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 commonly done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help boost 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 find out more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 812-234-0729 or come by our showroom in Terre Haute.