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

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

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:

  • Improved 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.

  • Prevents snow buildup. Winter winds can trap snow between a screen and window. Pulling out your screens can help you avoid this buildup.

  • 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 weather.

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.

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