Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Albany is perfect for keeping your windows open and letting in the fresh air that may have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you won’t want to forget on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the colder months.
Window screens are really important in the summer months for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and may be better removed from your windows. Here’s why:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light during the dreary winter days. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and sends it to your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get wedged between your screen and window.
- Enhancing solar heat gain—Window screens can block not only light from entering your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps throughout the winter months to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that screens left on windows in the winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that would’ve entered the home.
Now that you’ve received this information, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter hits?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take additional steps to improve their energy efficiency in Albany’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is yours.
If you have any further 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 518-414-5302, visit our Albany showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.