Remove Window Screen In Cooler Weather

Why you should consider removing window screens in cooler Traverse City, MI weather

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Here in Traverse City, we think fall is one of the best seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh, crisp air in. But as you prepare 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 perfect time to choose whether you’re going to take your window screens off for the winter.

You’ve routinely seen us write about how energy efficient windows are crucial during the summer months for blocking heat from sneaking 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 added benefits to taking window screens off? Here are a few points to take in to consideration:

  • Better solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat inside your home in the winter, screens might actually keep the sun’s heat from getting 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 indicated that screens left on in the winter blocked about 30-40 percent of the heat (from the sun) that otherwise would have entered the home.

  • Prevents 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 dreary 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 improved, pulling off your window screens is becoming less of a necessity and more of a style preference. In the past, pulling off your window’s screens was usually done for windows with single-pane glass so storm windows could be put in. Storm windows help improve efficiency during the winter. However, when homeowners change to double- or triple-pane glass, they no longer need to take extra steps to ensure efficiency during extreme weather.

To hear more about appropriate window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows, call one of our Pella specialists at 231-538-2175 or drop by our showroom in Traverse City.