Here in Boston, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you get ready
for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do
list, and one of your responsibilities will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great
time to determine whether you’d
like to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve routinely read about how energy efficient windows are
crucial during the summer months for blocking heat
from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a huge role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
play a role in energy efficiency? What are the other
bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a
few points to consider:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens might actually block
the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it could
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm 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 come inside 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 block the much needed natural light in the chilly 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’d like.
As technology has developed, pulling off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and
more of a style preference. In the past, taking off
your window’s screens was typically done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be installed. Storm
windows help boost efficiency during the winter.
However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass,
they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme
To learn more about helpful
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 978-373-2500 or come
by our showroom in Boston.