Here in Long Island, we think fall is one of the best
seasons to leave your windows open and let the fresh,
crisp air in. But as you get ready
for winter, yard and house work always top the to-do
list, and one of your responsibilities will inevitably be washing your windows and screens. Fall is also a perfect
time to determine whether you’re going to take your window screens off
for the winter.
You’ve commonly seen
us write about how energy efficient windows are
critical during the summer months for blocking heat
from sneaking in your home. But, energy efficiency
plays a big role in the winter months, too. So, how do screens
influence energy efficiency? What are the added
bonuses to taking window screens off? Here are a
few points to think about:
solar heat gain. While double- and triple-pane glass helps keep the heat
inside your home in the winter, screens can actually block
the sun’s heat from sneaking in, too. After all, it may
be cold outside but sunlight will still help warm 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 entered the home.
snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid
- Allows in
more natural light. Conventional screens can prevent much needed natural light in the gray 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’d like.
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 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
To find out more about appropriate
window cleaning tips or low-maintenance, energy efficient replacement windows,
call one of our Pella experts at 516-331-0031 or drop
by our showroom in Long Island.