Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer season, the fall season in Boston 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 eventful time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task 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 months for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also working to help keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much needed natural light during the dreary winter season. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a massive winter wind whips up snow and sends it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get stuck 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 months to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that keeping screens on the windows during winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take extra steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Boston’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is yours.
If you have any additional 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 617-712-2342, check out our Boston showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.