Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Baltimore, MD weather

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Here in Baltimore, 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 typically top the to-do list, and one of your tasks will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a good time to determine whether you want 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 getting in your home. But, energy efficiency plays a large role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens influence energy efficiency? What are the additional perks to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to think about:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens may actually keep the sun’s heat from getting in, too. After all, it may be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm up your home. In fact, a Midcoast Green Collaborative study showed 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.

  • Prevents 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 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 developed, 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 installed. Storm windows help improve 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 weather.

To hear more about proper window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella professionals at 301-637-0762 or stop by our showroom in Baltimore.