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Should you remove your window screen in cooler weather?

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Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Traverse City is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children head back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you want to make sure is 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, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the fall 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 wanted natural light throughout the dreary winter season. Removing your window screens will allow for that much more light to enter your home.
  • Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a huge winter wind whips up snow and directs it at your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps reduce the amount of snow that can get trapped 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 through the winter season 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 could have entered the home.

With this new information, it’s a great time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before the winter season arrives?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take more steps to increase their energy efficiency in Traverse City’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to think about with your window screens—the choice is all yours.

If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 231-538-2175, stop by our Traverse City showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.