Even though it can be tought to let go of the beautiful summer temps, the fall season in Springfield is perfect for opening the windows and letting in the fresh air that might have been too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a eventful time—children are back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task 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 time for blocking heat, allowing your windows to stay open without letting in debris, and also assisting with keeping your home energy efficient. However, in the colder months, windows screens play a different role in your home’s energy efficiency and might be better removed from your windows. Here’s the reason:
- Letting in more natural light—Window screens are another barrier for much wanted natural light during the dreary winter months. Removing 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 lessen the amount of snow that can get stuck 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 throughout 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 would’ve entered the home.
Now that you have this background, it’s a great 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 necessity. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners no longer need to take extra steps to increase their energy efficiency in Springfield’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to consider with your window screens—the choice is yours.
If you have any further questions about window screens, energy-efficient replacement windows or other concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the experts at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 217-793-0550, visit our Springfield showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.