Even though it can be difficult to let go of the beautiful summer weather, the fall season in Long Island is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one thing that you won’t want to forget 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 season for blocking heat, keeping your windows open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping 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 the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much desired natural light during the dreary winter months. Taking off your window screens will allow for that much more light to come into your house.
- Reducing snow buildup with exterior screens—When a big winter wind whips up snow and sends it toward 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 reaching your home, but heat, as well. Heat from the sun helps through the winter days to keep your home energy efficient and warm. A study from Midcoast Green Collaborative showed that leaving screens on throughout winter blocked about 30–40 percent of heat from the sun that could have entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s a good time to ask yourself, “should I remove my window screens before winter is here?” As technology has improved, removing window screens has become more of a style preference instead of a requirement. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners don’t need to take more steps to increase their energy efficiency in Long Island’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 up to you.
If you have any more questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other questions about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the professionals at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 516-331-0031, visit our Long Island showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.