Here in Hunt Valley, 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 typically top the to-do
list, and one of your jobs will certainly be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good
time to decide whether you’d
like to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve frequently seen
us write about how energy efficient windows are
important during the summer months for blocking heat
from entering your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
influence energy efficiency? What are the added
perks to taking window screens off? Here are a couple points to think about:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens can actually keep
the sun’s heat from creeping in, too. After all, it may
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm 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 come inside the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling 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, taking off your window screens can help let in as much light as possible.
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 usually done for windows with
single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm
windows help increase 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
To learn more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 301-354-3633 or drop
by our showroom in Hunt Valley.