Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Albany, NY weather

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Here in Albany, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let in the fresh, crisp air. But as you get ready for winter, yard and house work typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will no doubt be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect time to decide whether you’d like to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve commonly seen us write about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from getting in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens play a role in energy efficiency? What are the added benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to think about:

  • Improved solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it might 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.

  • Stops snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Removing screens can help inhibit this buildup.

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can block the much needed natural light in the dreary 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 improved, removing 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 increase efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners switch to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To learn more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 518-414-5302 or come by our showroom in Albany.