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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 season, the fall season in Kalamazoo is perfect for opening up your windows and letting in the fresh air that was likely too humid a few weeks ago. The fall is a hectic time—children go back to school, yard work and house cleaning increases—but there’s one task that you need to remember to include on your to-do list: washing and/or taking off your window screens for the upcoming winter.

Window screens are really important in the summer time for blocking heat, having your windows open without letting in debris, and also helping to keep your home energy efficient. However, in the colder 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 throughout 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 propels it toward your windows, not having an exterior window screen helps lessen the amount of snow that can get wedged 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 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 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 need. With double- or triple-pane windows, homeowners aren’t required to take additional steps to enhance their energy efficiency in Kalamazoo’s colder weather. However, you still have the natural light, snow buildup, and improved energy efficiency to ponder 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 concerns about seasonal changes that affect your windows, give the team at Pella Windows and Doors a call at 269-215-4157, check out our Kalamazoo showroom or schedule an appointment with us online.