Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

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

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Here in Syracuse, 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 usually top the to-do list, and one of your responsibilities will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a great time to determine whether you’re going 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 play a role in energy efficiency? What are the additional bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to consider:

  • Improved 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 creeping in, too. After all, it might 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.

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

  • Allows in more natural light. Conventional screens can keep out much needed natural light in the chilly 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 developed, taking off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, taking off your window’s screens was typically done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be added. Storm windows help boost 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 appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella experts at 315-565-0399 or come by our showroom in Syracuse.