Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Boston, MA weather

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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 no doubt 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 large 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:

  • Improved 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 may 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.

  • Prohibits snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Taking out your screens can help prevent this buildup.

  • 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 weather.

To learn more about helpful window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 617-712-2342 or come by our showroom in Boston.