Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Washington DC, DC weather

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Here in Washington DC, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in some fresh air. But as you gear up for winter, yard and house work usually top the to-do list, and one of your jobs will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to choose whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely read about how energy efficient windows are important during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking 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 benefits to taking window screens off? Here are three points to think about:

  • Increased solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually prevent the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it could be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study revealed that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have gone in to the home.

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

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the 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 improved, 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 usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help improve 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 find out more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 301-957-7000 or drop by our showroom in Washington DC.